This Exercise Bike Won't Let You Watch Netflix Unless You're Peddling
Get all the details on this genius invention.
How many times have you been Netflix binging at home but thinking about how you should *really* be working out instead? If you're anything like us, it's probably more times than you can count. That's likely why Irish engineering student Ronan Byrne created a system he's dubbed Cycflix, which is pretty much a dream for anyone who has a love-hate relationship with their streaming subscription. (Related: Your Brain On: Binge Watching TV)
Basically, Byrne figured out a way to hook up a stationary bike to his Netflix account in a way that will only allow videos to play if the pedals on the bike are moving. Crafty, right? No cycling, no next episode of Orange Is The New Black. It might be a little frustrating in the moment, but this does seem like a great way to kick a TV-watching-on-the-couch habit. Byrne also set up the system so that if he dips below his target pace, the video will stop until he gets back on track. How's that for a little workout motivation? To see how it works, check out his YouTube video demo below.
Sadly, it doesn't seem like the system will be available for sale, but if you or someone you know is quite tech-savvy, you can find details on how to set up your very own Cycflix at home over on Byrne's blog. For the rest of us, here's to hoping someone makes a genius invention like this one commercially available sometime soon. In the meantime, we guess we'll just bring our iPad to the gym. And if you're looking for a bike that is currently available, check out these at-home exercise bikes that deliver a killer workout.