This crazy looking thing is part of the SoBi bike-sharing system we broke back in August. The finished, working prototype is now being tested and the boys at SoBi are planning to shoot some video for your edification.
As you recall, the SoBi system allows for bike sharing without additional infrastructure. The system uses a lock fastened to the bike’s wheel with a GPS system and transmitter built-in. When the bike is locked, it appears on the SoBi app and when you check it out you’re responsible for it. You do not need special kiosks or other accoutrements to create a bike-sharing network anywhere in the world.