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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