Mobile Bicycle Computer Gets Java Verified Gold Signature of Quality

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Already #3 in PC Magazine's Top 10 bike gadgets, SoundOfMotion's bicycle computer for mobile devices achieved a Java Verified status, which sets the gold standard of quality for mobile Java applications. Through the Java Verified signature SoundOfMotion.com gains access to marketing and distribution channels offered by Java.com, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, LG, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone.

Already #3 in PC Magazine's Top 10 bike gadgets, SoundOfMotion's bicycle computer for mobile devices achieved yet another industry recognition - a Java Verified™ signature. The Java Verified™ program, launched as Unified Testing Initiative by Sun Microsystems, Motorola, Nokia, Siemens, Sony-Ericsson, LG, Vodafone and Orange, sets the gold standard of quality for mobile Java applications. Certified applications earn the right to leverage the Java Powered logo to provide customers with a unique quality assurance. Through the Java Verified™ signature SoundOfMotion.com gains access to marketing and distribution channels offered through Java.com, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, LG, Sony Ericsson and Vodafone.

SoundOfMotion.com created the first wireless bicycle computer for mobile devices, which includes a Java Verified™ application and a specially designed Bluetooth wireless motion sensor. The application runs on any Java enabled mobile device. Bluetooth is used for wireless connectivity to the sensor, attached to a bicycle's wheel. The new cycling computer application offers many features not found in traditional computers, such as a large color graphic display, travel data downloads and sound simulation for safety. Priced at $69, first adopters can pre-order a Bluetooth wireless motion sensor for their bicycles at a significant discount. They would also be able to download new software from http://SoundOfMotion.com.

The uniquely designed Bluetooth wireless motion sensor is at least 250 times more accurate than traditional cycling computers and almost 2000 times better than GPS. This high accuracy is achieved from using a highly sensitive magnetic field sensor. It is capable of detecting as little as 1.5 degree of wheel rotation or less than 8 mm (1/3 of an inch) of linear motion. This new sensing technology allows to accurately measure speed and distance, as well as torque and even cadence, without any additional sensors.

Using the advantage of a large color display, common in many mobile phones, the application shows speed, acceleration, distance and time in large digits, making it easy to read while pedaling in the sun or at night. Detailed travel data can be stored on a phone and uploaded to a computer in a spreadsheet format.

One distinct safety feature of the device is a sound simulator. "A bicyclist was killed in North Vancouver, BC when he collided with a rollerblader," reported CTV.ca on June 23, 2007. This tragic accident happened during the day. The rollerblader just could not see nor hear the approaching cyclist from a blind corner. Cars and people often collide with cyclists on busy streets because they just can't hear an approaching bicycle. Imagine, if a bicycle could sound like a Harley, or a horse, or even a steam train? According to the US Department of Transportation 750 bicycling fatalities and 50,000 injuries are reported annually. It is estimated that only 10% of all bicycling injuries are ever reported, which could add up to 500,000 injuries annually.

The sound simulation technology allows MP3 phones to play sounds through a mini-amplifier, the size of a phone including 9V battery. The amplified sound should not exceed 70dB (as loud as a vacuum cleaner) -- the noise level in most municipal bylaws. The same mini-amplifier could be used to play songs from a phone or player.

Current sound themes simulate motorcycle, horse and steam train. Like ringtones, users could also compose their own sounds. Riders could easily control the sound volume without taking their hands off the handle bar.

The sound simulation safety feature is targeted for commuters but quickly gains popularity among teens and tweens. Sixteen million teens in the US and Canada have MP3 phones. Many of them ride bikes to school. "It's like an old fashioned baseball card but for the 21st century," said one parent. "I feel safer letting my kid ride a bike while he is having fun too." Even professional cyclist find sound simulation useful for audible control of speed and acceleration. They don't even have to look at the display to determine a speed range. Just listen to customized sounds corresponding to speed range or acceleration. "It's like having a coach riding with you."

This sound simulation patent-pending technology was inspired by the founder, Vladimir Savchenko, originally for hybrid cars. "Hybrid cars are notoriously known to tangle with pedestrians and cyclists because of their silent electrical engines. As a hybrid driver, I constantly notice people crossing the street right in front of my car without realizing that the car is moving. We would like to test the sound simulation technology first on bicycles. Cyclists' feedback would allow us to fine-tune the sound simulation technology for hybrid cars," said Savchenko.

The first mobile bicycle computer has been released for the North American markets. SoundOfMotion.com is also negotiating with distributors in Asia and Europe to deliver mobile cycling computer to their markets, where bicycles are widely accepted as a means of transportation.

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