“Education is a continual process, it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal you don’t go forward.” –George Weah
I don’t know how many of you out there have an office day job, sitting hunched over at a desk for the better part of 8+ hours a day, but it’s pretty well known that it’s not only bad for you, but it feels bad to do, physically. Staying in one motionless position or posture for too long is the culprit, and Leo Kottke‘s music might make you want to get up and move if you have a listen to his song,
And while there are options out there for those of you with autonomy and savvy (and money) — from exercise balls to standing desks to treadmills — they don’t use your own body’s energy for anything productive.
But there’s a new option out that’s about to change that.
Imagine a desk that’s hooked up to a stationary-or-reclining bicycle… that’s also hooked up to a generator and/or a battery bank, that you can use to power your own electronics!
This is the idea behind Pedal-power, a fully-funded kickstarter campaign that’s developed a Big Rig desk with exactly this application in mind! And even though they’ve met their kickstarter goal of $10,000, these two guys — Andy and Steve — have a few “reach goals” that they’d like to accomplish before their kickstarter reaches its December 30th deadline.
Here’s what they say:
Should we surpass our goal, here’s a roadmap of things we’d love to accomplish:
$35,000 — engineering and design for belt driven machines. Bicycle chains are easy to maintain but generate a lot of noise. It is particularly noticeable indoors.
$75,000 — designing and building an electric and electronic system to deliver consistent, clean AC and/or DC power as well as monitor the generator, battery and overall system.
$500,000 — a big step to changing the world of local and human scale energy would be the ability to do a full production run of our machines with a manufacturer. The efficiencies gained would significantly reduce the cost of our machines.
There are all sorts of applications to this.
From sewing machines to milling, this can be used to generate mechanical energy directly, or hooked up to electrical applications over extended periods of time!
And they also offer a less expensive, portable option — the Pedal Genny — that’s been taken around and demonstrated all over New York, where these two are from.
They’ve got a cool demo video…