Pedal Power!

10 11 2007

Students get charge out of pedal power

Nancy Stauffer, MIT Energy Initiative
November 8, 2007

“MIT students have come up with a way to recharge your laptop without plugging it in. Rather than consuming electricity, you’ll be burning calories–your own.

The students designed and built an exercise bicycle that uses “pedaling power” to charge a laptop computer. As the bike’s instructions note, if you have trouble “squeezing in that daily exercise,” you can now “multitask with no problem–[you can] bike while you work!”

The pedal-powered laptop began as a class assignment for Course 1.102, Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Design (spring 2007), when students were instructed to design and build a device that converts mechanical power into electrical power…”

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12 11 2007
NeoAuteur

Great idea! Nothing better than getting some exercises while generating much needed electrical power. I’m all for this.

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