This week’s update is on the technical side. It is a necessary step to ensure the quality of the integration between the console and equipment as well as the quality of the data that gets displayed. In the attached video I will demonstrate some of the statistics and some of the process used to accomplish this.
After a few quarters break in excitement we’re back in action, starting the next phase of our journey. During the first phase of Fit for Green we created a platform to communicate the results of Fitness Generated electricity electronically. The platform we developed consists of a Cloud application that is accessible through the Fit for Green website and an in-gym kiosk for people to login before they exercise so that Fit for Green can record their progress. While this is a nice start, and we were able to install it in 3 gyms, its not something we ever expected to scale very well.
This next phase is one where we will address 3 major issues; price, installation requirements, and user convenience. The price was just too high when Fit for Green and the third party retrofits were added in. I won’t go into specifics on costs but I can confidently say that it was frequently a deterrent to adoption. The installation was also difficult because an electrician had to be brought in to connect conversion equipment to the gym’s grid. Lastly, the extra step of having to go to a kiosk before working out was just too much to ask of our users. Not to say that these were all of our challenges but they were definitely 3 of the top 5.
There are some changes to the architecture, a new partner, and new integrated platform. Our partner will provide the equipment that generates electricity minus the console. Fit for Green will complete the units by integrating the Fit for Green console, bringing the electricity generation concept front and center. The finished product will be a gym machine that generates power and is comparable in cost to other like gym equipment.
This short video will show what our partner is providing. The other parts will be shown in various states with subsequent posts:
Check out Fit for Green at the University of California Irvine on May 13th. We’ll be speaking at Tedx about fitness-generated electricity and how it can inspire people to act on two big issues; Greenhouse Gases and Obesity. Use the code “Speaker2013” for a discount.
Time for a few quick updates on recent progress at Fit for Green. The two most exciting recent updates are: the completion of our installation at Sacramento State University and our attendance at this week’s NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association ) trade show in Las Vegas.
The installation at Sacramento State University started in November and we just finished up last week after a long delay in the procurement of the necessary displays. We partnered with ReRev again during this install. Read more
I had the pleasure to speak at the house of genius in Los Angeles a little over a month ago and someone asked me a very simple question about Fit for Green: “what would you consider success 5 years from now?”. My answer was, broad adoption of fitness-generated electricity but as I took more time to think about it our dream is bigger than that. Our dream is to influence the younger generation to care more about their health and their environment. 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
I had the pleasure of speaking to with Mike Taggett, the President of Hyman Dynamo, earlier this week. Human Dynamo is headquartered in Hurricane Utah. Mike like all of the other innovators in this space, shares our passion for fitness-generated electricity. Over the years Mike has designed several different machines including; Rocket Chair, Team Dynamo, and FireWheel. There is plenty of information available about these machines on his website. His most recent work has been around trying to tie electricity from the machine directly into the grid Read more
Please join Fit for Green as they present “Fitness Enthusiasts for a Green Environment – A means to raise awareness and address both health and environmental issues that will impact our future generations”, on February 8th at Vanguard University. Click the below link for details about the event.
SportsArt, a gym equipment manufacturer out of Tainan City, Taiwan, is a pioneer in the world of Fitness-generated electricity. Their system, built around their own line of gym floor equipment, is a first of its kind. Customer can add any mixture of elliptical trainers, incumbent bikes, or upright bikes to a single electric generating system. A single system will support up to 10 pieces of equipment. Read more