Innovative Cycling Desk Recharges Your Phone as You Pedal

Exercise is a necessity, as is keeping our phones charged. The WeBike is an innovative way to do both at the same time; it's a sustainably-produced table, charger, and stationary bike rolled into one. Inventor Patricia Ceysens, a Flemish government minister, had the idea for it when she was working long hours and couldn't find the time to workout. She cobbled together a cycling/charging desk for herself, and not surprisingly, other people were interested in owning one. Ceysens then decided to start a company, WeWATT, to produce the furniture.

The sleek design includes a white tabletop and seating that's accented with local materials like scrap wood and leather from a sofa manufacturer. All bikes are made by hand, and WeWATT chose to construct them at a nearby factory that employs people with disabilities.

As of now, the WeBikes are mostly used in public spaces, like libraries and hotels, but the company will release an office-specific version of the bike later this year. It will have some added features such as a counter that tracks how much you've exercised that day. The system seems like a good solution for the average employee, allowing them to stay active and on top of their workload, too.

WeWATT website
via [Distractify and Co.Exist]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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