We’ll admit it: two of the less pleasant, not-so-surprising effects of having children include losing out on time to exercise and the never-ending piles of laundry. An invention from students at Dalian Nationalities University in China may not be able to explain how one tiny person can suddenly account for a fourfold increase in laundry, but it will take care of both problems efficiently. The Bike Washing Machine (or BiWa, as the students have dubbed it) is a bicycle-powered washing machine that encourages you to multitask and boost your fitness levels while accomplishing one of life’s most grumbled about tasks.
The pedals help spin and rotate the front wheel, which is actually a clothing drum. Any excess energy created by pedaling is used to power a display screen that keeps the biker aware of the wash cycle’s progress. Extra energy can also be stored for a subsequent use. The clothing drum isn’t exactly large enough to keep up with the typical newborn laundry loads, but as time-deprived parents, we love this invention’s potential for squeezing in a little multitasking workout.
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College students or city-dwellers (with kids or without) would love this invention since you can save on a gym membership and avoid the expensive and not-always-clean coin laundry machines that require you and your unmentionables to trek through town to get to. We hope this invention has been created by the time our kids get a little older: letting them bike off some extra energy (especially during the winter months) and add onto their chore lists sounds like an all-around winning situation.