August 27, 2012

Exchange exercise for computer time with the Personal Energy Orb

 Sometimes we spend too much time in front of a computer. Some of us have no choice (work) and some do (fun). Nevertheless we all need our exercise and the Personal Energy Orb is just the device to help it happen. A project devised by German student Janko Hofmann,  it uses a mixture of PC software and an Arduino. When connected to the PC, the PEO's energy level decreases ... and so does the speed of the mouse. When the energy runs out - the mouse speed is set to the slowest possible, encouraging you to get out. Then when connected to a bicycle with the required hardware, the PEO's energy level increases - allowing you more PC time. For more, check out the  video below:

Fore more information, code and hardware designs check out Janko's blog here. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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