Once you consider Acer you most likely consider PCs, whether or not they’re cheap beater laptops and tablets, barely nicer however nonetheless budget-focused ultrabooks and gaming laptops, or bizarre swing-and-a-miss experiments. However at the moment the corporate announced something else entirely—the “ebii,” a light-weight e-bike that, apart from an related smartphone app, has nothing to do with PCs or tablets.
We have reviewed e-bikes with trendy designs and interesting curvature, however the ebii appears decidedly extra utilitarian. The chunky “ebii Field” within the center homes the management field, battery pack, and headlight, and the seat and handlebars jut upward out of it. In a nod to its historical past as a PC and pill maker, the ebii’s 460 W battery will be eliminated and used as a conveyable charging station for USB-C gadgets.
At simply over 35 kilos (16 kg), the ebii is light-weight—it saves weight partly by utilizing a single-sided fork for the entrance tire. Acer says it might accommodate most riders between 4.75 and 6 toes tall (145 to 185 cm), that means that particularly tall riders most likely will not discover it comfy. The bike additionally will not break any pace or distance information, with a prime pace of round 15 mph and a 68-mile vary.
The bike is described as “AI-driven,” which says extra concerning the present state of “AI” as a buzzy omnipresent advertising and marketing time period than it does concerning the bike’s capabilities—the ebii app claims to “[adapt] to the rider’s pedaling energy, using situations, and most well-liked stage of help, studying over time for a extra customized expertise.” Whereas it isn’t incorrect to refer to those options as “AI-driven,” they technically fall underneath the extra exact umbrella of “machine learning.”
The ebii additionally makes use of the app in your telephone for proximity-based locking and unlocking, and the bike contains GPS positioning so you could find it within the occasion that it will get swiped. Acer’s announcement says that the ebii has a “sensible LED show” for exhibiting the battery stage and remaining vary, however it is not pictured within the firm’s images—some present a smartphone mounted between the handlebars. The ebii does not have any form of built-in display to indicate cost stage or another performance, although some images present that you just view that data utilizing the app.
Acer hasn’t introduced what the ebii will price or when will probably be out there,
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