VanMoof S4/X4. Will VanMoof reinvent the matrix display?

VanMoof S4/X4. Will VanMoof reinvent the matrix display?

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More and more bicycle producers are bringing e-bike versions out and making their products compatible with the Internet of Things.

VanMoof is one of the frontiers, starting with the smart bikes, now and then they are implementing newer features in their lineup of bicycles, like their recently refreshed S3 and X3 models, with Apple Find My integration ´ú┐.

Integrating the latest technologies points the focus on the interfaces the bicycles are offering to the users. Most people still prefer, jump and ride rather than dealing with complications.

Simplest example; buttons.

The bell button should ring the bell. One button, one feature, nothing more, nothing less. On the other hand, tech-oriented riders may wish to have additional intuitive approaches, like the long press, double press.

How about the feedback you receive? Do you wish to receive sounds, tones, haptic or visual feedback? When we increase the features, we increase the complexity, therefore the complexity in usability.

The best practice is to address the essential senses of the user while interacting with the device. In this decade the best user experience is through displays, displays with a proper user interfaces.

LetÔÇÖs take a quick look at the current options out there with respect to the displays and apps the bicycle manufacturers are offering.

Angell offers a dedicated display, which is integrated into the handlebar.

Angell app, together with the integrated display is quite nice. The app connects to the bicycle and works with the integrated display in harmony. Users can start the music on the phone then control it via the integrated display. Similarly, add a destination in the navigation and follow the instructions over the display. The integrated display also serves as a gym bike display if you like, so you can say burn 300 calories or ride for 30 minutes and watch the progress over the display.

Cowboy 4 offers a phone dock with wireless charging integrated into the handlebar.

Cowboy 3 is equipped with a battery indicator on the top tube but no display, the company wants their riders to download their official app.

Cowboy App Illustration

The Cowboy app supports the bike with features like on/off, lights, assist levels, cockpit view (speed, battery %, distance, duration), and navigation. The illustration above is from Cowboy 4 (available in September), seems like they redesigned the stem and moved the battery indicator also introduced a built-in quad lock with a wireless charging unit. Just like itÔÇÖs shown the user will put their phone on the bike and also use it as a control center. Controls, navigation, activity, connections, leaderboards. Sounds like seamless integration and people will love it.

VanMoof offers a matrix display integrated into the top tube.

VanMoof, how about VanMoof? The top tube indicator was there since smart bikes. Battery indicator combined with speedometer. S2/X2 models are the first time the matrix display was introduced, an seamless integrated unique design with S3/X3 they improved it.

The matrix display indicates different states of the bike such as on/off, lock/unlock/alarm, connected/disconnected, assist levels, localization selections, gear, battery indicator, and last but not least the speed. The latest VanMoofs models also have speakers which support the visual interaction with sound effects.

VanMoof App Illustartion

There is also an official iOS and Android app, for displaying the current location of the bike (this is misleading since the bikeÔÇÖs location is the location of the phone when connected to the bike), rides (this is pretty inaccurate), settings (assist, local, alarm, unlock, light), help (FAQs, error codes, video tutorials), and bikes (switch between other VMs). However no navigation, activity integration, social options like leaderboards, etc.

Extending VanMoofÔÇÖs Matrix Display

Matrix display is a unique feature of the VanMoof bicycles and with refresh models, it is also readable under direct sunlight. However, while staring at the top tube the rider may lose focus. Matrix display should stay but should be relocated, especially if VanMoof decides to extend the app into a dashboard.

Relocating the Matrix Display to the handle bar ?

If the mobile phone will serve as the main display with VM or 3rd party apps, maybe having the matrix display next to the handles/buttons integrated into the handlebar would be a good idea. In the example below, matrix displays show relevant button function while the dashboard is attached.

Mobile phone as the dashboard, matrix display divided between handles.

Please share your ideas over Instagram or Twitter.

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Every VanMoofer’s Must Have, Accessories Shop for your VanMoof

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All VanMoof riders share one thing in common, the passion for design. Here are some must-have items for VanMoof owners and it doesnÔÇÖt matter if you have an S3 or X3. Here are my picks.

Better safe than sorry, take a look at the Abus Folding Lock with a safety level of 15 out of 15. A proper helmet for an e-bike/pedelec is essential Abus Pedelec Helmet is a good choice. If you want a more fashionable and compact option take a look at the foldable Closca Fuga Helmet with integrated headphones. The Closca Bottle needs no explanation, what a great design. If you use your mobile phone all the time while riding your VanMoof then Quadlock Bike Mount & Quadlock Universal Adapter is a good option. Your VanMoof needs minimal maintenance, so you are pretty lucky. However, cleaning the brake disks and pads once a month is a good habit so WD-40 Specialist Break Cleaner will take care of them (please donÔÇÖt mix this with standard WD-40). The timeless VanMoof design can take hits, bends, scratches in time, to keep its beauty consider wrapping your bike with Kaliwa Paint Protection Film. Rear carrier, is a great help to keep your back sweat-free and let you ride hands-free, Basil Bags Miles single or double options are nice to have. Tires are also important VanMoof comes with Schwalbe Big Ben, so if it’s old replace it with Schwalbe Big Ben Plus. Ring ring, the ring sounds of the S3/X3 are cool or hilarious but sometimes annoying too, so Owl Vision Retro Ring makes sure that people will hear you without being annoyed. Design bicycles of VanMoof, have most of the things in order but pedals, so time to replace them with better grip, cooler look Moto Urban Reflex, many options pick your favorite. No, any other saddles are more friendly to your popo but Brooks Saddle, you will love its comfort. You need a quick fix? Brooks Multitool is all you need. Last but not least, your protector under the rain, bicycle-friendly rain poncho by Alpenm├╝ller.

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VanMoof refreshes S3 and X3 with Apple Find My network integration ´ú┐ + ­čöő

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There is already an article about the rumors going around regarding the S3/X3 refresh or a possible S4/X4 introduction. Check the previous articles in German and English.

On April 7th, it turned out to be a refresh on the existing S3 and X3 models. So what has been changed, what kind of evolution the humble bike had?

Credits: VanMoof

The major improvements VanMoof implied in the official email received by some of the S3/X3 order owners are:

  • A more accurate E-shifter
  • A more visible Matrix Display (and an improved color)
  • Precise location tracking using the Apple Find My Network
the email from VanMoof

Last but not least there are other improvements on the refresh models such as:

  • improved cabling and new buttons
  • mudguards and flaps
  • body-colored, new design pedals

VanMoof also sent a new firmware update which indicated that there will be a second battery. The refresh model hardware supports the attachment of a second external battery as a range extender. The version history of the Firmware V. 0.1.07-BMS indicates:

  • fixes back EMF issue
  • prepares for the second battery

VanMoof revealed the PowerBank / Second Battery / Range Extender
on YouTube but by mistake. ­čśů 
We donÔÇÖt know exactly if it can charge during the ride or only while the bicycle is in park position.

VanMoof PowerBank revealed on 15.04.21ÔÇŐÔÇöÔÇŐSource: VanMoof YouTube
The design of the PowerBank reminds the S1 chain bagÔÇŐÔÇöÔÇŐSource: FB

Apple published an article about Find My network now offers new third-party finding experiences.

Apple Find My Network on different Apple devicesÔÇŐÔÇöÔÇŐCredits: Apple

Until today, Apple FindMy was supporting to add and locate Apple Devices and Persons using Apple devices. Starting from April 2021, 3rd party hardware also became part of the network.

There are already some vendors like VanMoof, Chipolo, and Belkin, integrating the U1 (supports Ultra-Wideband Technology) into their devices.

How itÔÇÖs going to work with VanMoof, watch the video below.Connecting the VanMoof S3 or X3 with the Apple Find My appÔÇŐÔÇöÔÇŐCredits: VanMoof

As far as we know, this upgrade is not a replacement for the VanMoofÔÇÖs Peace of Mind service, but an additional layer of security and an easy way to precisely locate your bicycle.

VanMoof S3 and Apple Find My networkÔÇŐÔÇöÔÇŐCredits: Apple

Sadly, VanMoof customer support made it clear (over the official Instagram and Twitter social media accounts) that older S3/X3 models are not suitable to have the Find My feature as an upgrade. We donÔÇÖt know yet, whether it will be the same for the second battery extension.

Instagram post about the Apple Find My integration

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