Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser
BoredPanda Add Post

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

Floating Gym In Paris Uses Human Energy To Sail Down The Seine River
378points
1.7K
Product Design5 years ago

Floating Gym In Paris Uses Human Energy To Sail Down The Seine River

Italian firm Carlo Ratti Associati came up with a brilliant way to inspire people to exercise more. They designed a boat that uses human energy to sail down the Seine River in Paris.

The boat is 65-feet-long (20-meter long) and holds up to 45 people. “The Paris Navigating Gym investigates the potential of harnessing human power,” Carlo Ratti said. “It’s fascinating to see how the energy generated by a workout at the gym can actually help to propel a boat. It provides one with a tangible experience of what lies behind the often abstract notion of ‘electric power’.” It’s still in development, but the designers estimate that it could be completed in 18 months.

The Paris Navigating Gym works by converting the pedal power into utility grade electricity. However, if there won’t be enough passengers on-board to run the ship, it will be able to use renewable energy sources, like the photovoltaic cells on its roof. One more reason to visit Paris!

More info: carloratti.com (h/t: inhabitat)

Share on Facebook
Popular on Bored Panda
Start the discussion
Intensive Panda
Community Member
5 years ago

I wonder what happens if only lazy ppl like me get on the boat and an half hour later like "meh, enoght for today". Will they be doomed to stay onfloat?))))

Troux
Community Member
5 years ago

There is already a mechanical version of that in the Tampa area - as well as a land version that cruises the streets like a big bicycle - except they are small pubs, not gyms. It's much easier to get people to drink than to coordinate their workouts! I don't see how this proposed version could send excess power into the grid, though. CascadeCyc...20b46d.jpg CascadeCycleboatsSD23-58695c620b46d.jpg

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
5 years ago

Brilliant idea.

Load More Comments
Intensive Panda
Community Member
5 years ago

I wonder what happens if only lazy ppl like me get on the boat and an half hour later like "meh, enoght for today". Will they be doomed to stay onfloat?))))

Troux
Community Member
5 years ago

There is already a mechanical version of that in the Tampa area - as well as a land version that cruises the streets like a big bicycle - except they are small pubs, not gyms. It's much easier to get people to drink than to coordinate their workouts! I don't see how this proposed version could send excess power into the grid, though. CascadeCyc...20b46d.jpg CascadeCycleboatsSD23-58695c620b46d.jpg

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
5 years ago

Brilliant idea.

Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Popular on Bored Panda
User Submissions
Also on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda