Balancing time on a daily basis can challenging, especially when you’re incredibly busy with to-dos piling up, such as laundry. For most people, not finding the time to exercise can be frustrating.
With this new invention, things may change. A group of Chinese researchers from the Dalian Nationalities University in China have designed a simplified way to solve your exercise and laundry problems all at once. They’ve invented a “Bike Washing Machine” (BWM), which is similar to “BiWa,” that can wash your clothes while you pedal. (1,2)
Eco-friendly bike and no electricity is needed
The invention of the BWM aims to “bring health and convenience to our life” by combining a sleek stationary bike and a washing machine all-in-one. (3) The concept of this BiWa was similar to BWM with one additional feature: an integrated back wheel. While the BWM is stationary, you can actually ride a BiWa like a real bike. (2) Both of these bikes are eco-friendly equipment and do not require electricity to run.
According to the students who developed the bike, the way it works is quite simple: “When you ride this bike, the pedaling motion causes the drum of the washing machine to rotate; at the same time, superfluous electricity is generated which can be used to power the display screen or stored for future use.” (1)
Biking is a good choice of exercise
When it comes to aerobic exercises, biking is a great choice for many reasons. A bike workout focuses on the major muscle groups to increase strength, and is an excellent way to increase your stamina. It can be a fun workout, with the option of adjusting your intensity. Biking is time efficient and an excellent example of an low-impact exercise that causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercises, making it perfect for people with joint problems. (4)
The only downfall is the size of the washing machine. Both the BWM and BiWa will probably not replace a laundry machine, but it does complete smaller jobs. According to Huffington Post, “The concept isn’t new, as other designers have tried their hand at designing similar machines. However, none have made it successfully to market, so it will be interesting to see if the “BiWa” becomes successful.” (3)
Prefer running instead?
Interestingly, there is a concept currently being envisioned by a South Korean designer, Si Hyeong Ryu, which combines a treadmill with a washing machine called “Wheel” that uses human kinetic power. It looks like a giant human hamster wheel that features several washtubs enclosed within a large rotating wheel. Additionally, the device would generate electricity to power other household appliances. This concept is being proposed for the Electrolux Design Lab competition. (5)
Whether it’s biking or running while you wash your clothes, would any of you buy this if it hits the market? Comment below.
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