Would you ride a bike that shifts gears as you think about them? The Prius Project is developing just that. Using electrodes connected to a rider’s helmet, the Prius X Parlee bicycle picks up on neuro-electrical activity, subsequently changing gears via a thought-controlled interface. Riders need only think the words “up” or “down” to engage an electronic gear shifter mounted under the bike’s seat.
The bicycle is a part of Toyota’s Prius Project campaign. While the company doesn’t currently plan to sell the bike, it’s apparently a commercially viable option. Would you buy this? One advantage we can see to it is that, hey, it forces its rider to wear a helmet, since that’s where the gear-shifting electrodes are mounted. We just wonder if riders can direct their thoughts enough to engage the shifter properly.