Haier presents its bike-powered washing machine prototype at IFA 2010
Chinese electronics manufacturer Haier unveiled a prototype human-powered washing machine at IFA 2010. The system includes an exercise bike with a lithium-ion battery that collects energy as the user pedals. Collected energy is then used to power a front-loading washing machine without drawing any power from the grid.
Creators claim that a 20-minute exercise session is enough to power the washing machine for one cold cycle wash. The company stated that it is gauging consumer response at the show and might consider bringing the idea to the market.
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