Acer’s exercise bike can even power your laptop

Acer’s exercise bike can even power your laptop

The Acer eKinekt BD 3 is every off-grid digital nomad’s dream…

If working from home has seen the weight displayed on your scale increase rapidly recently, Acer might have the solution. The eco-friendly Acer eKinekt BD 3 is both a stationary exercise bike and a desk, and can convert your pedal power into electricity to charge your gear while you exercise.

At its core, this is a fairly standard-looking exercise bike made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Only a compact desk was put on the handlebars. A built-in LCD screen shows you’re working (physically, i.e. it can’t tell if you’re emailing or filling out spreadsheets in record time), with a cycle hour to 60 rpm capable of generating 75 watts of power.

The desk has three USB ports (two full-size and a single USB-C) to charge your gadgets, plus space for a laptop, a bag hook and a cup holder, so you can settle in for the day and cycle a century without having to take your eyes off your inbox. The bike seat and desk height are adjustable, with separate work and sport modes able to switch between an upright position (ideal for pedaling and typing at the same time) and a more forward leaning position for space extra legroom to really punish those quads. The desk slides forward and back when needed or not.
There’s a companion smartphone app that calculates calories burned and watts generated in real time, based on personal information such as height, weight, age and gender, with a workout history saved to the over time.

It’s not a wacky concept either: the Acer eKinekt BD 3 is currently on sale, with prices starting at €999 in Europe. Work-from-home cycle addicts can pick one up in June.