Over the last month I’ve been spending my spare time studying the US Open Government Initiative. I’ve also looked further into the Health Data Initiative (HDI) and Energy Data Initiative (EDI), also being driven by the US government. My opinion is that these concepts are terrific! They are efforts to share as much government based data as possible. The hope is to make data accessible to the public so that they can act on and/or propose ideas that improve the country. Read more
I thought I’d take some time today to comment on the uses for the data that we are gathering from users of fitness-generated electricity gym equipment. By design we currently track workout sessions locally on a computer in the gym and we plan to add a mobile application that can track fitness-generate electricity workout sessions in the home. Our local software gives near real-time feedback to the user about how much energy they are currently creating and what they’ve created cumulatively during the course of their workout. Read more
For the last 2 years we have tried several different approaches in attempts to create momentum in this market and yesterday marked the beginning of yet another change. It was our first time addressing an audience where we positioned the notion of the electricity being a secondary benefit of fitness generated electricity instead of the primary. Part of the reason that this market has been sluggish is because of expectations for huge payouts on the electricity generated by the people. It is not Read more
There are several methods for measuring fitness accomplishment and we will use a few of them to help us put the electricity generation measurements in perspective. Most commonly, people like to see their workouts tracked by calories burned. Others, especially in the world of Read more
This is the million dollar question when it comes to fitness-generated electricity, as it is with most new technology. People want to know how much it costs and how long before it pays itself off. Sadly, if you are waiting for a payoff from the power, that you won’t be buying from the electric company, you may have a long wait. Read more
Let me start by saying this is a tough number to derive for many reasons and that we will attempt to get as close as possible based on some known calculations that begins with a top down analysis of the US gym equipment market. The worldwide gym equipment market is then estimated by multiplying the US market by a factor of 10. Ideally we”ll get to a more accurate number in the future but this is where our research has led us so far. Read more
To set the stage for the exploration of Fitness-generated electricity we will first need to categorize exercise equipment so that we can understand eligibility from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. Theoretically, every piece of exercise equipment that has a mechanical resistance mechanism should be capable of generating electricity. It comes down to creating something to reclaim that electricity. Practically, fitness-generated electricity from self-propelled cardio equipment makes the most sense to harness and reclaim at this time. This is mostly because you can use off the shelf conversion mechanisms. Read more
The purpose of this blog is to share information and opinions about fitness-generated electricity. Our goal is to increase awareness and encourage mainstream adoption. After sharing the Fit for Green story in the attached video, we will then turn our attention to a primer on gym equipment and the potential for generating electricity. Next on to introductions of other companies and individual innovators in the space. From there it will be about innovation, research, early adopter success stories, and cost benefit analysis scenarios related to fitness-generated electricity initiatives.