Talk about getting two things done at once. This concept treadmill, called The Wheel, come from industrial designer Si Hyeong Ryu, and lets runners use their kinetic energy to wash clothes. Tapping into the human power to generate electricity is nothing new. We’ve seen plenty of bicycles powering televisions. Or at least, I have. But this washing machine/treadmill mashup is pretty innovative.
The ring-shaped treadmill has wash canisters inside that can be filled with dirty clothes, soap and water like any other washing machine. The size and shape of the canisters reduces the need for a lot of water. When the jogger runs, the motion spins the canisters, agitating the laundry. Extra power gets saved onto a battery as electricity to run the machine on days when jogging may not be in the picture.
A flexible display on the front of the wheel gives the runner a visual experience.
Si Hyeong Ryu’s Wheel is an entry for the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition, an annual design contest that challenges artists and designers to rethink how people live and work. This year’s theme is Home of the Tomorrow.
Credit: Si Hyeong Ryu via 2014 Electrolux Design Lab