I just took LeEco's new "Super Bike" for a spin — or at least I spun the wheels in place. It's an electric bicycle that's coming to the US soon, though on the ground here LeEco's representatives were cagey about when that might be. It may take a minute, though, because the thing is absolutely littered with gadgetry that will need to be tuned and tested. There are laser running lights, turn signals, buttons for taking photos, adjusting the headlight, and much more. It's powered by a large battery than can be charged via microUSB or recharged from the front wheel. It also, for you bike people, has a Shimano Deore 30-speed gearset.
It also has an embedded Android device in it — running what LeEco called "Bike OS." It's basically a phone since it can connect to cellular networks, but there's a custom interface on it. It will handle your usual GPS duties, and also powers the bike's various features. Those include security that locks the rear wheel and also lets you track it if it gets stolen. It also has a security alarm and, we're told, a fingerprint sensor.
You can control the major features with three buttons on the center of the bike — power, camera, and lights. The Android phone is mounted just behind the handlebars. Under your thumbs are buttons for turn signals and other things functions like calling somebody or turning up the music.
It's all a lot to play with while you're weaving in and out of city traffic. So, uh, don't do that — distracted biking isn't much better than distracted driving when it comes to threatening your own life. In China, the bike retails for somewhere in the neighborhood of $800, but there's no word yet what it'll run when it arrives in America.