Gallery: Rapid Prototyping Brings ‘Ideas for Good’ to Life at CMU

Most of the electricity generating exercise equipment that we see comes in the form of cardio machines. But to make 20-year-old Birken Schimpff's idea of the power plant gym a reality, the team went a different route. They bought a weight machine, but left the weights off when they built it. Instead, they attached a bicycle wheel to change the vertical motion into a circular motion able to capture the energy.

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