Java.com Features First Bluetooth Mobile Bicycle Computer

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Java.com, a division of Sun Microsystems, features the first Bluetooth Mobile Bicycle Computer, created by SoundOfMotion for mobile devices. "Stop lugging your cell phone as dead weight while cycling. Put it to work as a bicycle computer" said SoundOfMotion's founder. The innovative Bluetooth wireless motion sensor is at least 250 times more accurate than traditional cycling computers. It accurately measures speed and acceleration, and could measure torque and power without any additional sensors.

Java.com, a division of Sun Microsystems, features the first Bluetooth Mobile Bicycle Computer, created by SoundOfMotion for mobile devices.

Java.com is a wonderland of applications, games, animated greeting cards, screen savers, personal productivity products, and "infotainment" services. It's the ultimate go-to-market showcase for their applications, delivering over 25 million visitors a month. Java powers over 1.5 billion mobile devices.

The bicycle computer includes a Java Verified™ application for mobile devices and a specially designed Bluetooth wireless motion sensor, mounted on a wheel. The new cycling computer application offers many features not found in traditional bicycle computers, such as a large color display, travel data downloads and sound simulation. Priced at $69, first adopters can pre-order a Bluetooth wireless motion sensor for their bicycles at a significant discount. The mobile application is available for download from http://www.SoundOfMotion.com

The innovative Bluetooth wireless motion sensor is at least 250 times more accurate than traditional cycling computers and almost 2000 times better than GPS. This unique sensing technology accurately measures speed and acceleration, and could measure torque and power without any additional sensors.

Using the advantage of a large color display, common in many mobile phones, the application displays speed, acceleration, distance and time in large color 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.

One distinct safety feature of the device is a sound simulator. Cyclists often collide with cars and people on city streets because drivers and pedestrians just can't hear an approaching bicycle. Imagine, if a bicycle could sound like a horse, or a steam train?

Current sound themes simulate a 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 was originally created for commuters but quickly gains popularity among teens and tweens. Some BMX racers embrace the sounds of dirt bikes to create the effect of a real motocross race. At the same time the sound simulation technology allows audible control of speed and acceleration without looking at the display. Just listen to customized sounds corresponding to a range of speed and acceleration.

The Bluetooth mobile bicycle computer has been released for the North American markets. SoundOfMotion plans to deliver the device for European and Asian markets in 2008.

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