Keep moving forward and thinking out of the box, but I don't even know where the box is. Hehe
Innovation and idea about technology from China is a never-ending story. They always discover and innovate to make daily life easier. Xiaomi, for example, is well known as a company which only producing Smartphone. In the reality, Xiaomi is not only work in Smartphone technology but Xiaomi also has big enthusiasm to innovate in other industry field, i.e. device for Smart home and Lifestyle.
Some of product that launched by Xiaomi there are Smartphones, Tablets, Internet Connected Air and Water Purifiers, Mi TV series, Bedsides Lamps, Mi Power banks, Yi Action Camera, Mi Rainbow 5 AA Batteries, Mi Wi-Fi Nano, Wireless Routers, and Segway; two-wheeled self balancing scooters. Xiaomi itself has claimed that Xiaomi is not only an ordinary Smartphone Company; Nevertheless, Xiaomi is a company of technology.
Last year, on 2016, this giant technology company of China has moved in another production area, that is Electric Folding Bike. The bike is a collaboration with iRiding; a company From Taiwan. This folding bike production rose because of demanding of folding bike in China, moreover the folding bike has developed to be a profitable business. Quantity of sales of the folding bikes is bigger than quantity of sales of cars. The electric folding bike named Xiaomi Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike.
Xiaomi stated if Qicycle is not an ordinary folding bike. Qicycle is supported with futuristic and sophisticated specification.
This folding bike is reputed as a smart bike because it is connected to IoT device (Internet of Things) and connected to Smartphone Application. This additional application facilitates the riders to gain correct and accurate information, such as GPS Navigation, burn calories, distance, speed, dynamic, remaining batteries. There is WiCYCLE Display to show accurate and complete information on the left handlebar.
Beside connected with Smartphone application, this bike supported with sensory technology Torque Measurement Method from IDBike. This sensor automatically measure power that spends by the rider in peddling bike and optimize it, so that the rider can get maximal speed without spend lots of energy.
This folding bike powered by 250W 36V electric motor backed with rechargeable 20 Lithium-ion batteries from Panasonic about 18650 mAh and the batteries that used for Mi Qicycle is batteries that similar used by Tesla. This batteries use Self-Developed Battery Management System, which able to reach 45 Km in one time charging. If the batteries is running out, the rider still able to peddle the bike. Completed with three-gear hub acceleration system from Shimano Nexus, the rider can comfortably peddle the bike adapting road conditions.
The design of Xiaomi Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike is very simple, made of high quality light carbon fiber aluminum and weight is only 15, 5 kilograms. It is light yet astonishing enough if referred in the various smart features that stick on and 20 batteries backed in the folding bike. All of part of the bike, beside of mainframe and wheels, can be folded and loaded in the trunk in the backside of the car, it is saving many space and easy to bring when going anywhere. In the mainframe was equipped with headlight and rear light for safety riding.
Seat of this folding bike able to be adjusted as comfort as the rider’s wanted to, of course, this part was tested with different participant in different height to gain an excellent comfort. With ergonomic design, the handlebar was designed in order to make the rider did not feel tired when riding the bike. On the handlebar of the left side, there are little bell and Trip Computer. This Trip Computer make the rider can see information such as burn calories, distance, speed, dynamic, remaining batteries correctly and accurately; anytime. Xiaomi stated if the design of this electric folding bike obtained the Red Dot Design Award 2016.
Official price of Xiaomi Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike is about US$ 450 or about 5.960.000 rupiahs, and this bike is available in three different attractive colors there are luxurious white, black elegant, and dazzling red.
Even though Xiaomi Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike is only sold in China, some of community of Indonesia really waiting for this smart folding bike to be released in Indonesia. They really hoping that Qicycle can be used as an alternative transportation beside of motorcycles or cars so it will be more eco-friendly and of course it can support a healthier life for the future. It is an amazing alternate for cities, small but supported with many smart features to make life easier.
With the simplicity in riding, also easy yet supported with various smart features, of course, the Xiaomi Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike can be a star for modern people to do their daily activities in order to make it healthy yet enchanting.