Hand-Built Table Generates Power by Simply Pedaling a "Bike"

NY-based Pedal Power designs and builds pedal-powered machines that allow users to generate their own energy while reaping the health benefits of an active lifestyle. Founded in 2008, the company is run by two best friends Andy (engineer, entrepreneur, and bicyclist) and Steve (programmer and entrepreneur). This hand-built machine, named Big Rig, is constructed from all-steel frames and stock bike parts, and it redefines the way we use a bicycle.

Typically, the core function of a bicycle is for transportation, pleasure, and entertainment. Pedal Power believes that, as humans living on this planet, we can apply that same technology to perform a number of daily tasks by creating power through our own motions. The innovative design functions similarly to riding a bicycle, generating energy that has been used by brewers, farmers, educators, and homesteadors, to name a few. According to the company, an average adult can generate 100 watts of electricity via the optional electric generator that can be mounted to the frame, which is more than enough to power your laptop.

The product allows users to power your world without harming the environment. The company explains: “Bicycle technology can and should be used for many everyday tasks. Using your own power rather than plugging into the grid is not only fun, but also helps you understand your energy use and reduce your ecological footprint.”

Pedal Power website
Pedal Power Kickstarter campaign
via [Lost at E Minor]

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Elegant Floral Tattoos Mimic Delicate Pencil Sketches

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Japanese Man Masters the Gravity-Defying Art of Stacking Coins

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