Judges’ Queries and Presenter’s Replies

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    Jim White

    Judge
    June 8, 2015 | 09:54 a.m.

    Thanks for this work.

    Question: Have you thought about how a green gym could be marketed? What would be the incentive to highlight, to get people to join a green gym instead of a traditional one?

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    Geoffrey Bomarito

    Judge
    June 8, 2015 | 11:39 a.m.

    Great job finding a solution to multiple problems at once.
    To piggyback on Jim’s question a bit: What would be the incentive for gym owners to have these type of machines rather than traditional ones?

  • June 8, 2015 | 07:32 p.m.

    This is definitely a fun idea to harness work that’s already being done. I’m wondering if you’ve tried to do some simple calculations of how long it would take to make enough electricity to balance out the cost of these added components?

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    Sara Lacy

    Judge
    June 8, 2015 | 11:13 p.m.

    I like that you tested your idea with an exercise bike. How did you measure the energy output? Do you have any ideas for increasing the output?

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    Matthew Feng

    June 7, 2015 | 10:42 p.m.

    It is a good idea, but how will one motivate people to go to the gym? Many have busy days, and at the end of the day, are unwilling to go to the gym to work out. Also, many of the machines in the gym require energy to function (e.g. treadmills). Will this outweigh the costs (no pun intended)?

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    Callie Cook

    June 8, 2015 | 02:12 p.m.

    This is a great idea. Your idea not only reduces greenhouse gasses but helps America’s increasing obesity rate. I have heard of other ideas similar to this particularly being used in jails. I did a little bit of research and here is what I found “By pedaling the prison’s stationary bikes, the inmates charge a battery that’s used to power 10 street lamps along the town’s riverside promenade. For every three eight-hour days they spend on the bikes the voluntary participants get one day shaved off their sentences.” With this information would you want to expand your product into jails? Are you focusing primarily on home gyms or large fitness centers?

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    Matthew Feng

    June 8, 2015 | 09:17 p.m.

    Could you clarify what is meant by three, eight-hour days? Do the inmates need to pedal the bike for eight hours? That will raise ethical issues.

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    Callie Cook

    June 9, 2015 | 03:03 p.m.

    You are not mistaken, it says three eight-hour days. According to the article for every three, eight-hour days the prisoners can shave one day off of their sentence. Although that may seem strenuous I believe it is a mutually beneficial program. All of the peddlers volunteer so it doesn’t really raise ethical issues. It seems like a great way to reduce greenhouse gasses while at the same time the prisoners have a chance to get a shorter term.

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    Steven Yeun

    Guest
    June 8, 2015 | 09:51 p.m.

    What is the feasibility of incorporating these generators into all exercise equipment? How much must a person exert themselves to yield the output you are referring to? And for how long? a little fishy that your group jumped from bottom to top in a couple of hours…

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    Steven Yeun

    Guest
    June 12, 2015 | 12:32 a.m.

    Good luck! Best wishes to the team and project.

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    Rhea

    Guest
    June 8, 2015 | 11:26 p.m.

    Great idea which can be extended to power small personal appliances.
    Setting up small ‘energy stations’ where one waits for public transportation, public libraries, schools et al might motivate people to use exercise to go-green.

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Green Gyms

With increasing momentum behind the healthy life initiative, more people are using exercise machines to stay in shape. Obesity rates are also on the rise, and residents of America are considering gyms an ideal way to stay fit. However, the middle class is also becoming less and less able to afford these luxuries as average debt from student loans, mortgages, and other factors is also increasing. Now, there is a solution. Since people at gyms consume energy to perform various tasks that eventually lead to energy dissipation as heat, small generators could be installed exercise machines to harness that energy. In fact, this excess heat produced from the activity could be reused in buildings and homes. Gyms are in every elementary, middle and high school as well as several college campuses, offices and fitness centers. Imagine if every elliptical, treadmill and bicycle were able to power the gym itself and perhaps parts of the whole building. For example, small exercise machines at airports could be used to charge various electronics such as cell phones and laptops. A model of such a machine was created; a 30 minute workout period translates to 50 watt hours of carbon-free energy. These gyms would also be fortified with energy floors in order to generate the most amount of clean fuel possible. People walking or running miles could self power small units attached to their legs or arms which can later be used for charging electronics at home/offices.The benefits of such a system would be threefold. This would save electricity and in turn burn less fossil fuels. With tax benefits for adults participating at these gyms, this idea would help reduce citizen debt and curve the obesity rate all while reducing greenhouse gas emission leading to a healthier society and planet.