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Jon

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Method and device for preventing a fall of a bicyclist
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:21:12 PM »
https://cyclingindustry.news/bosch-patenting-a-device-to-stop-people-falling-off-bikes/

Seemingly designed for an electric bike, the device the manufacturer seems to have created a counter-torque device that utilises feedback from sensors telling the system when the rider has hit a jump a little too enthusiastically.

Correcting forwards or backwards momentum, the torque system will adjust the rider’s trajectory counter to the direction of lift, leveling the bicycle in the air and hopefully reducing the likelihood of a crash, assuming the rider holds on, that is.

The technology quickly follows Bosch’s ABS, which CyclingIndustry.News broke news of in June. In the instance of the ABS, the system removes the possibility of over application of the brakes and henceforth the rider flipping over the handlebars.

Seemingly targeted at off road applications, the text on the patent reads: “Especially at risk are bicyclists who are riding mountain bikes across open terrain.

“To detect a roll-over or flip-over of a vehicle, it is known from German Published Patent Application No. 102 42 687 A1, for example, to equip this vehicle with various sensors. For instance, a rotary motion of the vehicle is able to be detected by sensing the air pressure at two sensors that feature a vertical difference."........


Seems to me that if you're in the air expecting the bike to head in a particular direction but it decides that you are doing  something wrong and corrects itself, then that could be awkward.  ;D
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Re: Method and device for preventing a fall of a bicyclist
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2017, 04:32:30 PM »
Maybe I like the falling!

Also, yea, I agree that i'm not sure that it's going to be the most helpful thing as you're trying to boost a lip and keep the front wheel high until you've spotted the landing to put the wheels down.  Seems to me that it's just going to pivot you forward at the start of takeoff which will translate to too much forward rotation for the end part where it's not going to be able to stabilise the additional rotation. 
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