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New unit aimed at urban riders harnesses the GPS capability of your smartphone

Haiku, an urban bike computer offering navigation from your smartphone and controlled with gestures of the hand, is available to pre-order ahead of a March 2017 launch.

The computer from Paris-based startup Asphalt Lab provides you with your speed and ride time, as you’d expect, along with directions and notification of calls and messages.

Haiku uses your smartphone’s GPS capability to provide you with directions. The idea is that you input your destination into the phone before you start riding, then squirrel it away somewhere safe. The phone communicates turn by turn directions to the Haiku which displays them in a format that looks to be very clear.

Haiku  - 6.jpg

Haiku - 6.jpg

You wave your hand or just your thumb in front of the touchless sensor to switch the display from navigation to ride information. The team behind the computer says it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re wearing gloves or whether it is raining. 

Haiku will let you know if someone is trying to call you, and allows you to access messages and call notifications – although its inventors are at pains to point out that you can do this at a time that’s safe.

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Haiku - 5.jpg

“The basic needs when riding a bike in the city are very different from on a road bike,” says Frédéric Martin, Asphalt Lab’s head of design and user experience.  

“It is not about performance, it is about knowing where to go, what time it is, and whether anyone is trying to reach me. With Haiku we offer urban cyclists a simple access to this information with a dedicated and innovative user experience focused on safety and simplicity. Set a destination on your phone, connect Haiku, and you’re good to go!”

Once you attach the Haiku to a magnetic dock on your handlebar it automatically starts up and connects to your smartphone. 

A Haiku Kickstarter campaign exceeded its €55,000 (£46,400) funding goal back in September (the video, above, is from the Kickstarter project). It will be available to buy for €99 (£84) in March 2017 although pre-orders are still open at €85 (£72).

For more info go to www.haiku.bike.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

36 comments

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Roberts Clubman [14 posts] 9 months ago
8 likes

This is wonderful

read messages on the go 

"turn left - hospital"

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pockstone [130 posts] 9 months ago
7 likes

Sorry your honour,

I was pondering the way,

and zen it hit me.

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pockstone [130 posts] 9 months ago
3 likes

My joking aside

This does look interesting

Maybe I'll get one

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dave atkinson [6307 posts] 9 months ago
1 like

This seems like good fun

A competition, maybe?

Best one gets some schwag

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Mat Brett [656 posts] 9 months ago
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All of our stories

Will be written as haiku

From today onwards

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samuri [71 posts] 9 months ago
6 likes

The wind blows rain on my face

I am warm inside

Because I have wet my pants

 

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morseykayak [67 posts] 9 months ago
0 likes

Ride at Night

This would be neat

No more reading maps on the small screen

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beezus fufoon [763 posts] 9 months ago
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surely the headline should read - "Haiku navigation bike computer is gesture controlled, quite good"

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ktache [609 posts] 9 months ago
2 likes

I thank you all for

making me laugh out loud by

doing these Haiku 

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nniff [177 posts] 9 months ago
2 likes

Navigation is

Lost art in modern world.

Now, get lost quickly.

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CygnusX1 [501 posts] 9 months ago
3 likes
dave atkinson wrote:

This seems like good fun

A competition, maybe?

Best one gets some schwag

Not all the comments

Follow the haiku metre

Thus, disqualified?

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nniff [177 posts] 9 months ago
1 like

Magnetic clip thing:

compass no use to you now.

Must trust in Blue Tooth.

 

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multimodal [53 posts] 9 months ago
1 like

Cycle gadget flags

New tasks out of office, now

bike tethered to work

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nniff [177 posts] 9 months ago
2 likes

Garmin and Haiku

Fight over best route for you.

Both say bridle path..........

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pockstone [130 posts] 9 months ago
4 likes

a wave of the hand

a message from the ether

'Watch the bloody road!'

 

Thank you Road CC

in counting syllables

a day is  wasted.

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ktache [609 posts] 9 months ago
3 likes

I do love this site

I know I shouldn't but I

still can't help myself

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dave atkinson [6307 posts] 9 months ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:

Not all the comments

Follow the haiku metre

Thus, disqualified?

Indisputably.

That's a fundamental rule.

Go five-seven-five.

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flathunt [245 posts] 9 months ago
3 likes

A wave of the hand

The device registers no

thing. Oh well, that sucks.

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nniff [177 posts] 9 months ago
3 likes

Wave hand for message?

Sounds like semaphore to me.

You call this progress?

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gjh [4 posts] 9 months ago
7 likes

I will quote Dr Cooper-Clarke on the subject of Haiku:

To convey one's mood

In seventeen syllables

Is very diffic

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beezus fufoon [763 posts] 9 months ago
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CygnusX1 wrote:
dave atkinson wrote:

This seems like good fun

A competition, maybe?

Best one gets some schwag

Not all the comments

Follow the haiku metre

Thus, disqualified?

Haiku police about

counting silly bubbles

it's a fair pop!

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Mat Brett [656 posts] 9 months ago
2 likes

Hand gestures on bike.

It's all gone horribly wrong.

Misinterpreted.

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CygnusX1 [501 posts] 9 months ago
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dave atkinson wrote:
CygnusX1 wrote:

Not all the comments

Follow the haiku metre

Thus, disqualified?

Indisputably.

That's a fundamental rule.

Go five-seven-five.

Go five-seven-five?

The B-road in Kettering?

Haiku gets me there!

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ktache [609 posts] 9 months ago
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I was wondering

if I should mention helmets

in this Hiaku thread

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davel [1608 posts] 9 months ago
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Emails and WhatsApps

on handlebars: undesired.

Don't think I'll invest.

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cyclesteffer [272 posts] 9 months ago
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Look! A new review!

Is this product any good?

One star? I guess not

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davel [1608 posts] 9 months ago
1 like
beezus fufoon wrote:
CygnusX1 wrote:
dave atkinson wrote:

This seems like good fun

A competition, maybe?

Best one gets some schwag

Not all the comments

Follow the haiku metre

Thus, disqualified?

Haiku police about

counting silly bubbles

it's a fair pop!

Contributors on

Road.cc should avoid

Non-standard meters.

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Al__S [1246 posts] 9 months ago
2 likes

Fallen leaves on path

gadget says go left. you try

all is pain, autumn

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newtonk [43 posts] 9 months ago
2 likes

Its the boss calling

A gesture should do the trick

turn left for dole queue

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CygnusX1 [501 posts] 9 months ago
1 like
Mat Brett wrote:

All of our stories

Will be written as haiku

From today onwards

Your last few headlines
Have been very long, almost
Epics like Homer

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