College - Author 1
College of Engineering
Department - Author 1
Computer Engineering Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Computer Engineering
Andrew Danowitz, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department
A power meter is a cycling training tool used to record the power a rider is outputting. This is very useful to athletes who regularly do bike workouts, because the power output is a consistent measure of the rider’s effort level, and is not affected by outside factors such as wind or road gradient. If a cyclist does a workout with the intent to carry a certain speed for a certain amount of time, a strong headwind will slow them down and make them work harder to maintain the same speed, defeating the goal of the workout. When a power meter is used, the rider can try to maintain a certain number of watts across a period of time. When the same headwind affects them their speed will decrease, but if the power output stays consistent then the effort level will also be consistent. Power meters combine analog circuits with microcontroller technology and digital filtering, making this an ideal project for cycling-inclined computer engineers.