Earlier we have seen a bicycle turning into an electric bike without any hassle. And now, start-up FlyKly has created an electrified rear wheel that can retrofit onto almost any bicycle. As a result, pedaling becomes effortless and you remain sweat free.
The FlyKly smart wheel weighs 9 pounds. It comes with a 250-watt motor that propels the bike up to 20 mph. Electricity passes into two rings of magnets inside the housing. The current turns the magnets, which drives the wheel. There is a round circuit board at the center of the housing relays commands to the motor. GPS tracks the bike’s location, mileage, and routes; while Bluetooth links the system to an app.
The 36-volt battery can be charged in several ways. When the bike coasts, the wheel spins the magnets, which generates current. A socket charges the cells within three hours. When a rider locks the wheel, current to the motor stops flowing. Without power, the two rings of magnets hold each other in place and prevent the wheel from turning.
What notable thing is riders can control and monitor the system through a smartphone app, which records trip data and monitors the performance of the motor and electronics to help detect issues. If you want to buy the FlyKly smart wheel, it will cost $590.