Is Acer’s New eKinekt Bike Desk the Future of Working From Home?

If staying/getting fit was one of your New Year’s resolutions this year, then Acer’s latest product might help you get there. Dubbed the eKinekt BD 3, Acer’s new invention subtly amalgamates a desk with a stationary bike to help “empower sustainable and healthier lifestyles”. In a world where work has started to eat up most of our daily lives, it’s getting harder and harder to focus on other vital things in life, physical wellness being one of them.

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Acer eKinekt BD 3 | Image: Acer

Acer eKinekt BD 3 | Image: Acer

To help people lead fitter lives, Acer has come up with a new bike desk that transforms your usual office chair-desk setup into a fitness machine that gets all its juice from the rider’s pedalling. Pedalling will generate kinetic energy which then gets converted into electric charge to help power everything onboard. Burning calories doesn’t get easier than this! The eKinekt BD 3 comes fitted with an LCD display and there’s even a smartphone app to track your progress “during exercise regimes or work periods.”

Acer claims that cycling at a steady pace of 60 RPM for an hour on the bike desk can generate 75 watts of power. There’s an LED charging indicator located on the back of the bike that “lights up when pedalling, signalling that kinetic energy is being converted.” For a comfortable ride, you can adjust the bike resistance, seat, and desk height and there’s even a bag hook and a beverage holder to hold your Redbulls, beers, or coffee. For connectivity, there are two USB Type-A ports and one USB Type-C port, which should be enough for two laptops and a mobile.

Acer eKinekt BD 3 | Image: Acer

Acer eKinekt BD 3 | Image: Acer

Naturally, it wouldn’t be a fitness device without workout modes. Acer’s eKinekt BD 3 bike desk has two, namely, “Working” and “Sports” modes. As the name gives away, the Working Mode is for work. In this mode, “the desk surface moves closer to the chair to let riders sit in an upright position while typing and pedalling.” On the other hand, the Sports Mode lets you get in that workout zone and the desktop slides a bit away from you, thus “giving more room to lean in, similar to the position on a standard bike or trainer, for added leg space and increased pedalling power.”

The Acer eKinekt BD 3 was unveiled at CES 2023 and is slated to release with a price tag of USD$999 in North America Europe, the Middle East, and Africa sometime in June, while Taiwan will see an early April launch.

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