Soon it will be over with checking the electricity prices before turning on your computer. At the large electronics trade show CES in Las Vegas, Acer has launched a solution that combines state-of-the-art technology with the most analog energy source: muscle power.
Yes, if Acer gets its way, you will be able to generate your own power to drive and charge your computer by pedaling.
For that purpose, the company has presented the Acer eKinekt BD 3 Bike Desk, which is literally a computer desk combined with a stationary bike.
With the eKinekt BD 3, you can exercise while working, at the same time as the energy from your pedaling is used to generate power for the computer and other connected devices. An built-in LCD screen and an accompanying app give you information about the workout and how much energy you are generating.
Like a regular exercise bike at the gym, you can adjust the resistance in the pedals. And the desk is, of course, ergonomic, so both the sitting and table height can be adjusted.
The Acer eKinekt BD 3 Bike Desk is equipped with three built-in USB ports, a hook for bags and a holder for drinks. So the energy of movement is converted into electricity.
When you pedal, the eKinekt converts kinetic energy into an electric charge, Acer explains in a press release.
An hour of constant cycling at 60 revolutions per minute makes the bike desk generate 75 watts of power. An LED charge indicator on the back of the bike lights up when you pedal and signals that the energy of movement is being converted.
Price and Availability
The eKinekt BD 3 will be available in North America in June, at USD 999; in EMEA in June, at EUR 999, and in Taiwan in April, at NTD 29,000.