The CEO of an American energy shot product has invented a static bicycle that can be used to power domestic properties.
Manoj Bhargava's invention - Free Electric - is a stationary layback bike that charges a battery as the user pedals. The 62 year old's hope is to bring electricity to otherwise cut off places in the developing world, a move that could dramatically reduce world poverty.
It's reported that almost half the world's population is without a reliable source of energy, with many having no access to electricity whatsoever.
"Energy is the great equaliser. So you try to look for that which is the one thing that will lead to benefits that are across hundreds of things," said Bhargava in the promotional video.
He continued: "Human mechanical energy is so amazing, why can't we use that to create energy?"
The CEO went on to say how his company had "invented a hybrid bicycle that you pedal for an hour and you have electricity for 24 hours. We call it: Free Electric."
This machine could revolutionise people's access to electricity around the world, and could be used in duality in the developed world to tackle the health problems associated with over-eating and obesity.
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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs
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