bicycle powered


This week we teamed up with astrophysicist Adam Frank to answer the age-old question, “Can you power your house with a bicycle.” The answer, simply, is no. Not even close. At least not if you live the way most Americans live.

Here, Adam Frank muses on the subject.


Tonic Fabrication “Kowakski” by Teisuke Morimoto

Charge your USB devices with the power and momentum of your bike!

This clever gadget transforms the momentum of your ride into ready-to-use power for your electronics such as iPhone, Android Phones, GoPro , lights, GPS, Bluetooth speakers and more.

The Siva Atom constantly charges your devices while you ride and you’ll have power off the bicycle with a removable backup battery. The Atom has the ability to charge the battery pack from a standard USB port from any source.

The unit installs in minutes and is ready to go right out of the box, offers very low rolling resistance and holds up to the waterproofing standard of IP-4.

Available for purchase on Amazon

First hair dryer (~1920)

The first telephone pay station in Los Angeles, at 228 S. Spring Street (1899)

Inventor Hugo Gernsback is demonstrating his television goggles (1963)

Telephone Tower in Stockholm. The tower connected about 5000 telephone lines from 1897-1913 (1890s)

The Bennie Railplane (1929)

Testing of 1.4 million volt X-ray machine (1941)

Television set (1948)

Rocket-powered bicycle, Germany (1931)