Cambridge Consultants took a high-performance road bike with an electronic gear changer and cut the wires between the controls and the gears, adding a CSR Bluetooth Smart Ready module to connect the gears to buttons on the handle bars. The important thing here is that the wireless connection enables you to bring in the intelligence of your smartphone or media player.
Yesterday I caught up with Eric Brotto the lead organiser of London Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a worldwide organisation of entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It claims to be the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
Sorted provides users with access to a hyper local mobile marketplace where you can buy and sell literally anything. If you're after a gardener, football tickets or maybe even just looking to sell some of those old books then Sorted wants to help you. By combining an eBay come Gumtree service with a sleek app interface and a hyper localisation engine they hope they can connect buyers and sellers who want to meet.
Admit it, we all think it. Everyone wonders what that trip out would have been like if you'd had your own chauffeur. Well the classy alternative to the traditional London black can is here. Uber has hopped over the pond to offer Londoners a taste of the chauffeur driven lifestyle and it's pretty unique demand led dynamic pricing model.
Despite the uncertainty facing the nation in the current economic climate, there remain many high potential entrepreneurs in the UK. What amazes me is that while some are lacking the connections and resources to take their ideas to the next level, the relationship they have with technology is unique and their originality and affinity for IT is astonishing.