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Pedal Power, an American design firm, has now developed a revolutionary new desk that comes built-in with a pedal system. By pedaling it, users can generate electrical power which can be used to charge laptops and other devices.
The company has come out with two generators that produce electrical power. The first variant is called as Big Rig and the second as Pedal Genny. How are they different?
The Pedal Genny variant is more portable than its sibling and happens to be a single function machine. There's an option to add a seat, however, it does not have a work surface. According to the company, it uses a flywheel to smooth pedalling, full-size cranks, and an all-steel, hand-built frame.
The next variant, Big Rig, is rather different. It features things that were missed out in the Pedal Genny. There's a work surface, ergonomic seating for added comfort, quick and nifty adjustments depending the size and build of riders and a flywheel. And yes, this one has a solid steel body.
So how much energy can you generate?
The company says that an average adult can churn out about 100 watts of electricity or pump 5 gallons of water per minute or even grind a variety of grains. Apart form all this, he can even operate an air compressor, a hydraulic pump and much more, using this machine.
And here's the company's philosophy. They're saying that the product is 97 per cent effective. "So why do we use it(cycle) only for transportation?"
"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 helps you understand your energy use and reduce your ecological footprint," the company said.
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The company's Cofounders, Andy Wekin and Steve Blood, came out with the first prototype in 2008. Through crowd funding on Kickstarter, they are are now hoping to deliver more made-to-order machines by December 30.
Interested in checking out its working? Then watch the video here.