Schwinn’s Mouthy CycleNav Tells You Where To Go [CES 2014]

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The CycleNav: Putting the “win” back in “Schwinn.” Photo: Eli Milchman

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LAS VEGAS — Remember the Hammerhead? It’s a device that attaches to your bicycle, links to the GPS on your phone via Bluetooth, and guides you along a pre-chosen route by flashing a left or right light when you need to turn.

Schwinn‘s new CycleNav does one better. Like the Hammerhead, it attaches to your bike (via quick release) and flashes an LED light to alert you to an upcoming turn. But it also speaks voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation to you through a speaker, just like your iPhone does.

It was a little hard to hear the voice prompts over the noisy hubbub during CES Unveiled, the press-only show where we spotted the Hammerhead; frankly, we couldn’t make out a single word, but the real world will probably be quiet enough for the CycleNav to effectively do its thing.

The CycleNav links to a companion iPhone app via low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 (which means you’ll need a 4S or better). Schwinn says you’ll get 10 hours of use from the gadget off a single charge. Schwinn says this is just the first of a line of connected electronics for bicycles they’ll be coming out with, most of which they say will have something to do with sound (think Bluetooth speakers, etc).

The CycleNav is coming March 1. Here’s a Schwinn-made video for those who’re more visually inclined.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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