Interbike 2012: Wahoo Fitness Syncs New RFLKT Cycling Computer w/ iPhone App, Music
At Eurobike, Wahoo Fitness unveiled their new iPhone powered indoor trainer, which shows your power, speed and other data on their app (and others) all via Bluetooth Smart 4.0.
Now, they’ve added their new RFLKT cycling computer to the mix. Rather than act as a standalone piece, it reflects (get it) what’s being recorded by their cycling app on your iPhone. It also lets you control the app and your music in iTunes through the computer, letting you keep your really expensive smartphone tucked safely away in your pocket or pack. And, because you don’t need to keep the phone’s screen running, it’ll preserve its battery, too.
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It syncs with low power Bluetooth 4.0, and your phone remains in standby mode so your phone’s battery will last longer than if you were using your phone on a mount and using it as the computer. Not only does it create minimal extra battery drain on your phone, but its internal (and user replaceable) coin battery should last about two years.
Four small buttons (two on each side) are programmable from within the app to do what you want – scroll through pages, start/stop things, play/pause or skip tracks on your music, etc.
This one’s set up to play/pause with one of the buttons and skip a track with another. You can also set it to provide an audio summary of your training, show lap times or whatever. Multiple screens can be set up to display the info you want to see. Note the track and artist name scrolling across the top of the RFLKT’s screen, matching what’s playing on the phone. The unit itself doesn’t play the music, you’ll need to have headphones or something linked to the phone.
Side by side, you’ll notice a one- or two-second lag in timing on the RFLKT’s display, but the app is recording everything accurately for your Strava comparing enjoyment.
The RFLKT will also sync up and control the Cyclemeter app on your iPhone 4S or newer. Other apps should be updated to work with it soon, too. They’re working on Android compatibility, it just take slinger because there are so many other brands and protocols.
Pricing will be $100-120, not final yet. Should be available in January.