With the pandemic disrupting supply chains and gym memberships alike, the debut of a rowing machine with the capability of pumping energy back into the grid by professional-grade gym machine maker SportsArt was mildly surreal. It’s like a solar panel or wind turbine that is powered by trapeziuses, deltoids, and pecs.
The rower employs a micro-inverter which allows you to use your energy to charge your phone one stroke at a time. According to the company, it will take around two hours of rowing to fully charge a drained iPhone.
The rower’s resistance may be increased using fingertip settings on the handlebar grip, and as you might think, the more the resistance, the more energy you create.
The business demonstrated its G260 rower at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, saying that the equipment turns around 74% of the energy you expend into useful power. The company’s COO, Carina Kuo, got to express his thoughts on why it makes sense to leverage human power.
He mentioned that a single human being can produce up to the same consumption as a fridge — or approximately 220 watts per hour — in an hour of exercising.
SportsArt has been in business for almost 40 years. Its headquarters are in Taiwan, and its US operations are situated in Seattle. Furthermore, the firm has offices in Switzerland and Germany, 300 workers worldwide, and sales activities in 80 countries. It primarily targets gyms and rehabilitation centres, but it is also now examining the home market. In the short term, Kuo argues that shared gyms for apartment complexes, for example, would be a better match for the organisation. This is partly due to COVID-19 restrictions which saw gyms being closed, causing a shift in the fitness industry.