Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Workouts for Watts

OK, so it doesn't have anything to do with libraries, unless we add workout rooms or put treadmills at the circulation desks, but it's still pretty cool. At the Univ. of Oregon and other schools, time on the treadmill translates to physcial fitness for the students and a bit of fiscal fitness for the school. ReRev's wired up elipticals and bicycles add energy back to the grid and let the users see just how much power they're generating. ReRev estimates a typical 30-minute workout on one machine generates enough electricity to run a laptop computer for an hour, or a compact fluorescent light bulb for 2 1/2 hours. (Thanks, Kept-Up Academic Librarian)

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