VeloComputer measures bike rides with impressive accuracy

The computer is already available for iOS and will soon be coming to Android

The VeloComputer seen on a bicycle at Demo 2013 in Santa Clara on October 16, 2013

The VeloComputer seen on a bicycle at Demo 2013 in Santa Clara on October 16, 2013

A computer that measures bicycle rides with impressive precision is coming soon to Android.

The VeloComputer from SoundOfMotion Technologies consists of a sensor positioned near the rear hub and a small computer unit mounted on the frame.

The sensor can measure the distance traveled down to the centimeter -- much more accurately than GPS -- and also the inclination of the road to a single degree.

The result is a more detailed profile of a bicycle ride and a measure of the power output by the rider during the trip, the company said Wednesday at the Demo 2013 conference in Santa Clara, California.

The computer communicates with a smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy, an energy-efficient version of the short-range networking standard supported in version 4.3 of Android.

The phone records data from the sensor, which can then be exported to popular training apps like Training Peaks, Strava, Garmin Connect or to any software that supports the FIT format.

The full sensor costs US$149, and a forthcoming basic model will cost $79. The iOS app is already available and SoundOfMotion announced Wednesday that the Android app will be available soon.

(Demo is produced by International Data Group, the parent company of IDG News Service.)

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is

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