Here’s a cool idea whose time has come: Exercise machines that generate electricity. It seems that more and more gyms are starting to latch on to this concept, which sees the energy from people’s exercise converted into power and fed back into the mains.
Aside from the fact that you’re doing something good for the environment while you’re doing something good for your body, I like the fact that all of that energy being spent is doing something productive, even if it’s just helping to keep the lights on in the room where you’re working up a sweat.
This is a small taste of mass electricity generation being turned on its head in favor of a distributed approach. From consumer-generated content and ideas to…consumer-generated energy. Power can literally shift to the people.