I take an interest in what patents reveal about possible future technology, especially in the consumer technology and automotive spaces.

Today I have one from the world of bikes.

This US patent, granted last week to Shimano, shows a bike with wirelessly controllable electric suspension and seat positioning.

Might that be the future? Changing suspension settings and seat position wirelessly enables straightforward adjustment without interruption.

The patent also discusses other electric devices such as an electric internal hub transmission, an electric continuously variable transmission, an electric gearbox, and an electric assist device.

I look forward to seeing more of this in the bike store before long.