Priscilla Tan  |  Singapore
Published 2016-01-13 14:48:33

For the first time ever in Singapore, there’s a fitness corner that uses muscle power to charge your phone. Developed by playground consultancy firm Playpoint, the one of its kind fitness corner in Singapore is located at Block 234, Bukit Panjang Ring Road, with sporting equipments that comes with nifty USB ports.

In an interview with The Straits Times, managing director Jason Sim, revealed that it takes more than 3 hours to fully charge a dead battery. Word is, Punggol and Sengkang are the next public housing estates to have their very own pedal-a-watt fitness corner.

Here’s how it looks:


Emergy Handbike
Energy Handbike
Energy Recumbent Bike
Energy Recumbent Bike. Image Credit: Play Point Asia

This isn’t the first bicycle power generator we’ve heard of, but it’s certainly exciting to have one in our local outdoor exercising equipment. Last June, there was the Siva Atom which charges your phone when you cycle. And then, there was the Gotwind Dance Charger.

Practicality wise, I’m a wee bit bummed that it takes as long as 3 hours to fully charge a phone. How much does the average person exercise a day? 30 minutes? An hour tops? I can hardly see myself cycling that long.

Still, I have to admit that the couch potato in me wants to give this a try. After all, it cuts my electricity bills, boosts my mood and health, and saves the environment. I don’t know about you, but I smell a trend.

This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.

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