Wednesday , December 19 2018 Ausdroid » News » Canyon brings Android Wear onboard your bike

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In collaboration with Sony, the award winning pushbike manufacturer Canyon have released a brand new bike computer based on Android Wear.

A “normal” bike computer tracks very simple information such as distance covered, elevation gain/drop, road speed and path tracking then needing users to hook up to a computer to analyse their data on return home. The Canyon (being driven by Android Wear) paired with your mobile device offers this plus a lot more through apps such as Strava instantly uploading data to your account and navigation via Google Maps.

All of this is controlled through a 1.6″ Touchscreen display that they claim has 8 – 10 hours of battery life in it. According to bike radar, there are three versions that will be available when the device launches; A Mountain Bike mount (no doubt a more rugged design also to deal with the bumps, bangs and inevitable crashes – trust me…), one for Urban/Commuter bikes and one for time trial/aero bikes.

The expectation from Canyon is that their new computer will cost around €200 (AU$315 before even thinking about any perceived “Australia Tax”) which is about the mark for a current model, mid-high range cycling GPS and given the capabilities of this hardware should do quite well.

If you’re a rider, what functions do you value on your GPS?

Source: Bike Radar.

Phil Tann   Journalist

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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Canyon have a direct sales model, so there is no Australia Tax

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If you still need your phone with you, then why not just buy a normal Android Wear watch for the same price and just mount it on the bars?

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I currently use a Garmin 500. While riding, power meter and cadence sensor integration would be very useful. While heart rate monitor integration would be a requirement. The Garmin 500 has these abilities. It doesn’t do mapping on the go like the newer models. However, I plan a ride prior to leaving. That may change though if I had the mapping feature.

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