Master multitaskers find creative ways to maximise time efficiency by doing seemingly unrelated things all at once – a little like the Bike Washing Machine, which does your laundry, hosts your home workout, conserves energy, saves space, and brings a smile to your face.
Since technological advancements are so often born out of human necessity, the Bike Washing Machine aims to check a whole lot of problems off the list, with just one home appliance.
The idea seems to be that you would buy the Bike Washing Machine instead of any other washing machine. That way, you have to hop on the bike every time you need to do the laundry, creating some sense of a regular exercise schedule – it seems like the Bike Washing Machine is geared towards the more exercise averse among us.
Because pedalling on the stationary bike generates the power for the laundry cycle, theoretically you would save money on your household electricity bills and contribute to the planet by using truly renewable energy right from your own legs.
The power system has thus been met with doubts, considering the cycle only spins as fast as you pedal instead of a more complex energy conversion.
A group of students at Dalian Nationalities University in China designed the Bike Washing Machine through study in programs dedicated to technology and applied science.
The design team see the Bike Washing Machine as a space saver, since if you planned to buy a stationary bike and also a washing machine you’d be taking up twice the floor space. It’s not clear what the plan is if you already own a washing machine, but the bike’s other benefits would still work in your favour.
At this stage the Bike Washing Machine is only in concept phase.
Deep stains, tired legs? Might be better to stick with your trusted washer for now.