The HR Bank is a minimalistic stationary bike with a slim, rectangular body that acts as a portable battery for energy storage. The device transforms peddling movements into kinetic energy, and it can also store solar power, as well as electricity from the grid.
It has a 2kWh (kilowatt-hour) battery capacity that can keep a home’s lights on for an entire week, charge 123 smartphones, or power a television for two days straight. This makes it a reliable backup for areas prone to blackouts.
While energy-generating sports equipment has existed as a concept for a few years, the HR Bank is notable for its sleek, interiors-friendly look. The design is fully customisable, with all elements available in a range of sophisticated colours, materials and finishes. The side panels, for instance, come in leather, vegan leather, and glossy and matte timber. Meanwhile, clever accessories include a children’s saddle and a desk for active working.
The device taps into a growing self-sufficient mindset, where consumers are seeking out products that make them less reliant on public infrastructure and better able to withstand extreme weather events.