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The hero of the British cycling Sir Chris Hoy will run in 2016 Le Mans 24 hours in the LMP2 prototype class, was confirmed today. After actors, doctors and members of royalty the 24 Hours of Le Mans have now a gold medalist Summer Olympics behind...
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Old speedo for the 21st Century
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The Omata One bike speedometer is a bit misleading. Sure, it looks like a simple gauge, but the Omata isn’t simple at all. Behind the three dials, housed in a slick aluminum case, is a computer. You just wouldn’t know by looking at it.

Rhys Newman and Julian Bleecker are avid cyclists, and they designed the Omata after growing tired of staring at the digital displays on their handlebars.

Before starting Omata, Newman and Bleecker worked in Nokia’s advanced design group, which handled most of the company’s future-looking technology design. While there they saw a worrisome trend: “We noticed that all the products were being designed for your maximum attention” Newman says. Too often, it seems, gadgets control our lives instead of supplement them. This is true too in cycling, where a cycling computer’s screen and excess functionality could divert attention from the activity at hand.

Newman and Bleecker wanted to create something that was as useful as its digital counterpart but far less distracting. An analog display made the most sense. “In a very simple way, it feels like it belongs on the bike,” Bleecker says. It makes sense, when you remember that bikes are themselves analog machines. Analog displays also have the benefit of being more legible. “It’s well regarded in instrumentation design that having a dial with an actual needle is easier to read at a glance,” Bleecker says. “A lot of that has to do with the fact you don’t have to process the same amount of information you do with a number.” In other words, a rider could glean how fast and far he’s going with just a glance.

The Omata uses GPS and barometric sensor, both of which sit behind the speedometer’s face. The company worked with Japanese watchmaker Seiko to build a mechanical system that reacts to data from the sensors. As the GPS reads speed, distance, and location, and the barometric sensor reads altitude, algorithm conveys it to step motors, which move the dials’ hands incrementally. The speedometer is projected to have a 24-hour battery life. It’s a true hybrid that Bleecker and Newman call “modern mechanical.”

“It’s mechanical, but not mechanical in a retro way,” Bleecker says. Call it cheating if you want, but creating such a Frankenstein has benefits. For example, Omata can push location and route information to riding apps like Strava, which wouldn’t be possible with a truly analog gauge. But even the digital interaction is pared down. “You’re never going to get a text message from the Omata,” Newman says. “That’s the point.”

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