This desk hack is just too brilliant not to feature. A great way to stay active at work, you could actually leave work with your daily exercise done, bringing home all those good feeling endorphines that come with it. On top of all that, imagine the well-earned self satisfaction garnered from people powering the heck out of your work day.
Since we now know that sitting more than six hours a day can literally shave years off your life, significantly increasing the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer, it's hard to argue with the design principle behind this desk, even if you're not a green energy advocate.
This type of technology has huge potential. We've seen it put to use at a few forward thinking gyms and health centres, turning their spinning classes into literal energy generators, and we're pyched to see it invade the workspace. Thanks to the innovative minds at Pedal Power Design and Build there's a brand new spoke in the wheel of the pedal power revolution!
Let's hear it for yet another great campaign coming to life through Kickstarter.
Update: Two variations of this desk as well as custom builds are now available through the good people at Pedal Power Design. From their website:
Our Big Rig is designed for off-grid applications and features a work surface, ergonomic seat for comfort, quick adjustments for different riders, a flywheel to smooth pedaling, a wide range of gearing, and an all-steel, hand-built frame. An average adult can use it to generate 100 watts of electricity, pump 5 gallons of water per minute, grind a variety of grains, as well as operate an air compressor, a hydraulic pump, most any hand-cranked machine, and a variety of small shop tools. It has been found to be particularly suitable for small scale agricultural applications such as cracking grains, churning butter, and pumping water.
The Pedal Genny was developed as a more portable, single function machine. It has an optional seat, but no work surface. It features a flywheel to smooth pedaling, full-size cranks, and an all-steel, hand-built frame. It has been used for generating electricity, milling grain and pumping water, but can be configured to power most any mechanical device requiring less than 1 horsepower.