We all have been taught that energy can neither be created nor destroyed but transformed from one form to another. For those who did not pay attention to their physics lectures, now is the time to see (and experience) the theory in practicality. Acer has developed a bike desk that harnesses physical human energy (kinetic energy) to generate power enough to charge electronic devices.
Costing under $1,000, eKinekt Bike Desk is a fitness bike that doubles as a smart desk. Announced at CES 2023, the desk will only charge your devices when the bike is being pedaled. Acer mentions, “one hour of constant cycling at 60 RPM on the bike desk can generate 75 watts of self-generated power.” Not bad, especially when it is not harming the environment, keeping you fit, and also letting you stay productive.
The power generated in the process can be used to power up your laptop and smartphone using USB-A and USB-C ports on the desk. Apart from an option to store a laptop and other small essentials, the desk offers a separate section for your bottle of water or beverage. The eco-friendly bike desk incorporates ‘PCR Plastic’ (post-consumer recycled) material in its desktop and casing.
Keeping workaholics busy throughout the day, the pedaling gets rid of their sedentary lifestyles. The bike desk is available in working and sports mode. During working mode, the desk can be moved closer to the chair allowing you to sit in an upright position while typing and pedaling. In the latter mode, the desk can be pushed forward to accommodate leg space. Both the table height and seat are adjustable.
Acer also offers an accompanying smartphone app that helps you review progress over time. It will keep a tab on your work duration, calories burned, and watts generated. The company states that the bike desk will be available in North America by June.
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