Pointer on the wheel – Omata One, the analog GPS bike computer

Let's get back the classical style of analog devises on your bike with modern technology - Omata One (image: kickstarter/© omata.com)

Let’s get back the classical style of analog devises on your bike with modern technology – Omata One (image: kickstarter/© omata.com)

In the late 70th, early 80th, when I was a kid, the hot shit on everyone’s bike around the block was a speedometer. At that time, the parts were indeed constructed purely analog. A shaft caused by a driver at the wheel made the speed indicator go around. We felt like driving daddy’s car.

Nowadays everything tends to optimize the good old mechanics away. Even the largest bastion of analog valves, the automotive industry, is increasingly on current digital display technology. But now the Omata One cycling computer try’s to bring the classic analog speedometer back on the wheel.

The technology behind the Omata One is certainly not comparable to the ’70s. A modern 72-channel GPS system determines all the necessary data. These are converted to four pointer via a mechanism from Seiko. You can display speed, distance, altitude, time and travel time. Maybe not as variable and extensive as a smartphone glued to the handlebar, but 1,000 times more stylish and easy to read in any light condition.

The fun should of course be sufficiently waterproof. Let’s hope, that the USB-C port doesn’t make trouble regarding the waterproofness. Besides the USB-C-port the Omata One has also bluetooth on board. ANT + devices can be coupled to the Omata One, too. In how far this can be persuaded to display the corresponding data is no clear. I guess here rather that the Omata will collect the data and then pass it bundled to the phone or the computer.

It’s not a really cheap fun. That’s obvious, because filigree mechanics mostly results in higher prices. You have to put $ 499 on the table. But that seems not to be a problem for the campaign. It was founded until two days after the start.

 (image: kickstarter/© omata.com)

(image: kickstarter/© omata.com)

The prototype shown make a honest impression to me. Also the delivery date in February 2017 seems plausible for me if you look at the necessary technical effort. When $ 499 for a crowdfunding campaign are too risky for you, you can also wait a little longer. With $ 599 the targeted final price is not so much higher. Whereby the course may well change. You never know, what pitfalls to still manifest in a product development.

The good:

  • Great design
  • Desent conzept
  • Several prototypes are already done
  • Plausible timeline

The bad:

  • Not cheap

The ugly:

  • Nothing obvious for me to find