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The Human Powered Office?

Culture | Posted on July 23, 2010 by Joseph Byer

Some of us are fortunate enough to work for a company that provides a gym to work out at before or after work or at lunch. And then some of us have the ambition to USE said gym.

But for years I’ve been thinking if there’s some way to harness the energy from certain exercise equipment to power SOMETHING. The best source is the stationary bike, and there are plenty of ways to even build your own Bike-Powered generator – and there’s even the Bike-Powered Blender joint in Baltimore where you can spin up your own smoothie! In a gym it could just be the lights or other equipment, but what would it take to power an office?

 

The Bike-Power Smoothie - does the body good in more ways than one.

The logistics of designing a system that could feed pedal-power into a building’s grid would be very cumbersome (and possibly dangerous, prompting liability issues) but the concept could be applied to batteries and charging stations for Laptops and Smartphones in the IT Department.

Nokia has recently introduced their celphone bike charger in Europe for the person on-the-go. The technology right now is far from perfect, but what can we expect next?

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