Designers unveil washing machine exercise bike
Researchers in China have revealed that they've been working on an innovative new exercise bike which also functions as a washing machine.
According to the Daily Mail, a team of designers based at Dalian Nationalities University recently unveiled the Bike Washing Machine, which - as the name suggests - is a pedal-powered washing machine-cum-exercise bike.
"Riding a bike is a popular exercise, washing laundry is something that you might do on daily basis or at least once a week," the team observed. "So why not combine them into a single useful equipment/appliance?"
Pedalling causes the bike's washing machine drum to rotate, while an internal generator stores spare electricity for later use. It's not clear, however, whether the automatically fill and drain with water - it may be that these tasks need to be performed manually.
Dalian Nationalities University students, having recently published their concept on design-sharing website Tuvie, are in the process of building a prototype of the device.