Humans are soon to mimic hamsters, thanks to the Element Hotels implementation of eco-friendly exercise bikes that can charge laptops, monitors, smartphones and tablet computers just by pushing the pedals.

Humans are soon to mimic hamsters, thanks to the Element Hotels implementation of eco-friendly exercise bikes that can charge laptops, monitors, smartphones and tablet computers just by pushing the pedals.

 
The technology, first announced in Spring and debuting at the Element Miami Internation Airport hotel, includes a generator built into the pedals of the machine, allowing users to generate electricity as they do their workout.
 
Frits van Paaschen, President and CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the company that runs the Element brand, demonstated the capability of the bikes at a pilot program at the Element Miami hotel, where he and others generated enough power to run plasma monitors and laptop computers.
 
 
Now all of the Starwood fitness centres, open 24 hours a day, have been fitted with one of the electricity generating bikes, providing an option for improving health while also improving the well-being of the planet.
 
“The Element brand was founded on an innovative, balanced-living approach to hospitality,” said Brian McGuinness, SVP of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Not only do our pedal-powered bikes add an element of fun to a workout, but they also encourage our guests to think creatively about sourcing the energy we all depend on to fuel our daily lives.”
 
We wonder how long it will be before we end up doing a Fred Flintstone and powering our own cars too.