Bicycleretailer.com reports that Apple has applied for a patent that suggests it is looking to further its presence in the endurance space.
Apple Inc. has applied for a patent that would allow for an indirect measurement of a cyclist’s power output, by calculating wind resistance, road surface smoothness, rider position, heart rate and accelleration. The application suggests that by using these factors, gathered from a wearable device that has a GPS, accellerometer, heart rate monitor and other features, it could calculate rider power without the expense of a traditional power meter.
The application, filed Thursday, might suggest that Apple wants to up its game against Garmin, which has seen continued sales growth of its wearables and bike-related products, although Apple’s Watch continues to dominate sales in the smart watch category.
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