The Bike Washing Machine encourages you to conserve energy and get fit while completing household tasks.
by Amanda Froehlich, originally posted at http://www.trueactivist.com/exercise-and-wash-laundry-with-this-amazing-eco-friendly-bicycle/. Reposted here under Creative Commons license.
The Bike Washing Machine is a human-powered washing machine that encourages you to multitask and conserve water while boosting your fitness in a fun, efficient way.
The innovative bike – which has not yet hit markets – was designed by students at Dalian Nationalities University in China.
The pedals help spin and rotate the front wheel, which is actually a clothing drum. And, any excess energy created by burning off calories is used to power a display screen that keeps the cyclist aware of the wash cycle’s progress.
When your kids or your hubby have excess energy to burn off, have them cycle, too, as excess energy can be stored for a subsequent use.
The most common complaint today is that people just ‘don’t have enough time.’ This neat invention not only frees up extra minutes, it inspires you to get active while completing household chores.
Hi again, Julia here. As you know, I’m not a fan of gyms. There have to be better ways to get the exercise we need in a way that produces something of value, instead of driving cars to the gym so we can spin our wheels pointlessly. I hope the ethnic minority students in Dalian will find a way to bring this smart invention to market! In the meantime, those intrigued by these concepts can check out this foot-pedaled washer, the green gym movement, or the Rock the Bike folks in California who are creating “fender blender” machines to make smoothies, re-charge stations, and human-powered mobile music festivals – wow!