Big Rig Pedal Powered Desk Charges Your Laptop, Lets You Exercise While Working

The Big Rig is a large work desk and stationary bike combo that also happens to be a kinetic generator, producing power from your pedaling motions that you can use to charge gadgets, power laptops and electrocute yourself for whatever reason it might serve you.  Sure, you may laugh at someone who chooses to torture themselves with bicycling endlessly just to create trickles of power, but when the apocalypse happens and the power grid goes down, whoever owns one of these things will end up the one laughing at your face.

Created by Pedal Power, the contraption features a sufficiently large desk that looks spacious enough to hold two laptops and an extra 30-plus-inch display, so you can use it to read emails, update spreadsheets, or play games while pedaling on the bike mechanism.  It features an adjustable seat for accommodating users of various heights, although the desk itself is fixed.  The creators claim it delivers the exact same feel as riding a bike, so you can be using it without much conscious thought if you frequently take to the streets on a pedaled two-wheeler.

Armed with its own electric generator kit and battery pack, the Big Rig can supposedly produce around 75 watts of power on average.  And by average, they mean if someone bikes continuously at a reasonable pace, instead of stopping every few minutes after being distracted by cat pictures on Facebook.   Regardless, they add that much power should be enough to juice a laptop for up to 6 hours (it can be halved depending on usage) and a smartphone for up to 40 hours (again, depending on usage), which sounds pretty swell for a two-hour endeavor (it sounds horrible when compared with how much 75 watts will cost from the utility company, though, which is very cheap).

You can order a Big Rig from Pedal Power's Kickstarter campaign, priced at $2,550 for a full set that includes the machine, an electric generator, and a battery pack.  Oh yeah, expect to add another $500 or so for shipping (because the thing weighs over 140 pounds).

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  1. James

    Hey man I hope you realize that these Guys Pedal Power, are completely ripping off numerous individuals in their pursuits of CrowdFunding.

    We are both Pedal Power Work Bikes, and Pedal Power Bike Taxi, in Burlington, VT, having been established as a service and online with websites operational during the 2008-2011 seasons, as well as operating a Publicly Recognized service under those names.

    There has been a ton of work here in Burlington, and we are still a driving force in this Work Bike Industry that we are creating monumental advancements for.

    Their crowdsource funding page features a logo that uses the same exact Arial Black Logo, Bold and Italicized and says “Pedal Power” on it…….exactly mimicing our name and shortening it to make it seem different and unique. The same as was on our website, and business cards matching perfectly.

    That LLC, PEdal Power, is already owned by another party who is unaware they are trying to go to market with their branding in this manner.

    They have violated that to start, then coming from upstate New York to make their home base in Vermont to rob us of our foundation of public recognition here, through affiliations that know of our efforts already, nationwide and globally.

    They have given the public a page to donate money to their efforts of creating “open source” designs for the public to use………these designs are supposedly free, yet they now need more money to release designs for free, that they already have created working and marketable models for???

    This is against the Kickstarter rules, and is something that is a degree of fraud we dont want our names affiliated with in any manner.

    They give thanks on their page to the individual who they also robbed. They used designs for a preliminary frame and seat concept, mimicking his inventions to use for their power resources, and styled them to suit their needs…

    …..while he was COMPLETELY UNAWARE THEY WERE DOING THIS WITH HIS COMPANY NAME AS A REFERENCE FOR THESE TYPES OF INVENTIONS…He does not approve either and is reviewing this as a potential violation of his intellectual properties as are we, in a legal argument that we are beginning to gain recognition for.

    Please review this information as we are finding that this is the third “Local” “Bike Friendly” business started up using our Company Name here in town to run us out of business. The last attempt was called Pedal Power Electric Bikes…….now Pedal Power???

    Who do these men think they are fooling ???

    Certainly not those who’s Bike Rumors stink as bad as a trike with 81 speeds and a working load bearing capacity of 1000 lbs???

    Sincerely,

    James Simpson
    Founder/Owner
    Pedal Power Work Bikes
    Green Mayoral Candidate ’09

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