If your New Year’s resolutions include more multitasking, Acer has a new cycling desk for that. The bike desk, called the eKinekt BD 3, aims to enable you to work, exercise and generate your own clean electricity all in one go. Pedaling the bike produces a small amount of kinetic energy that you can use to charge devices from the desk.
Cycling for an hour at a slower pace of 60 RPM (revolutions per minute) yields up to 75 watts, according to Acer. If you convert that to kilowatt-hours (assuming you’re using that 75 watts per hour) and plug it into the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, you could avoid emissions equivalent to walking instead of driving 0.132 miles in a gas-powered car.
In short, that’s not a whole lot of avoided pollution or clean energy
In short, that’s not a whole lot of avoided pollution or clean energy. For context, the iPhone 13 Pro Max can draw almost 30 watts from the wall with a fast charger and fully charge in less than 90 minutes.
The Acer bike desk has two USB Type-A ports and one USB Type-C port to connect multiple devices at the same time. The bike desk can operate in “Work” or “Sport” mode. Basically, the rider can sit upright on the bike while typing – or push the desktop further back to make room to lean forward and intensify the workout. It also comes with a smartphone app for users who want to know how long they’ve been cycling, how many calories they’ve burned, and how many watts they’ve generated.
Acer introduced the bike desk today at CES “to enable a sustainable and healthier lifestyle”. But the “healthier lifestyle” is probably easier to achieve than a major environmental impact with this product.
Many companies have marketed their stuff as environmentally friendly to entice consumers, even though the benefits are often not that great in practice. Acer jumps on that bandwagon with another environmental claim it makes with the eKinekt BD 3: the desktop and “enclosure that protects the bike’s components” are made from post-consumer recycled plastic. However, even if gadgets are partially made from recycled plastic, the consumption of virgin plastic can often be maintained, as it is very difficult to make a device entirely from recycled material.
Hopefully the computer company will make a good enough bike to at least give the eKinekt BD 3 a fun ride. At $999 when it launches in North America in June, it’s sure to be a pricey ride. Acer says the bike desk will also be available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in June and in Taiwan in April.
Perhaps you can try out similar contraptions called “WeBike” bike counters at train stations and airports without dropping the same kind of money. They have been peppered all over Europe since at least 2014.