With Australian cities bringing in harsh new cycling laws, being in full control of your bike is more important than ever. A cycling computer can tell you everything you need to know, but they're not stylish. Omata's solution to the problem is an analog speedometer for bicycles that uses GPS, and that also tracks your distance, time and elevation changes.
Inside the Omata One, a 800mAh battery powers the GPS/GLONASS receiver and internal Bluetooth 4.0 transmitter, but the dials on the front are actually analog, with four movements for speed, distance, elevation and time designed by Seiko. A USB Type-C port works for charging and transferring data. At the time of printing, over 200 Ones have been pledged for by keen cyclists.
Omata is building the One with both MPH and KPH readouts, and with grey and white faces, although the 5000-series aluminium case will only be produced with a black finish. The internal battery should be enough for 24 hours of continuous usage — around two weeks of 90-minute commutes from home to office. The speedometer will max out at 105km/h, so unless you're strapping it to your car and driving down the highway, you should be just fine. Why not pair one with your electric bike?
Having launched just yesterday on Kickstarter, Omata has already nearly reached its US$150,000 production goal with 29 days to spare. The Omata One isn't cheap at US$499, but that's the price you pay for something so elegantly designed and with the internal smarts to track your ride and export it to an app like Strava — and hopefully help you avoid a speeding fine. It'll reach production by February 2017.