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A Biking Assistant on a Wearable Computer (B)

Status: Abgeschlossen


Latest generation smart gadgets have recently opened the way for computer support in everyday sports training. There is a clear trend that the features of wearable sports devices merge in our smartphones we carry in our pockets around the clock. But while the smartphones have excellent sensing and processing capabilities, they may be cumbersome to interact with if our hands are occupied during sports.

The upcoming release of commercial head-mounted computers such as the Google Glass, the Recon Instuments JET, and the Vuzix M100 can be expected to boost the adoption of smartphone-based sports equipment by extending the smartphones with new interaction paradigms. Their see-through display, built-in sensors, and most importantly their hands-free user interface bear the potential to turn them into great sports accessories. Compared to a traditional cycling computer, the Glass for example has built-in GPS, compass, inertial sensors, camera, a colorful display of size 640x360 pixels, a smartphone-equivalent CPU, a touchpad, and speech recognition. By combining a head-mounted computer with a smartphone that provides permanent Internet connectivity a rich variety of real-time services for sportsman can be realized.

The goal of this project is to implement a biking assistant application on a head-mounted computer. The hands-free user interface of wearable computers is potentially more convenient to use than traditional speedometers, and a head-mounted display can provide instant performance feedback and context-aware notifications overlaid on the biker's view.


  • Ability to program in Java and C++, Android experience is a plus
  • You should have taken the course Distributed Systems


  • Gabor Soeroes, Florian Daiber, Tomer Weller - Cyclo - A Personal Bike Coach Through the Glass, MGIA Symposium at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013
  • Google Glass link
  • Recon Instruments JET link
  • Vuzix M100 link
Student/Bearbeitet von: Andy Zimmermann
Contact/Ansprechpartner: Gábor Sörös

ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
Last updated April 30 2014 07:25:01 PM MET gs