New idea for library furniture…. pedal to recharge your tech while working at a desk with the WeBIKE. You can exercise and produce energy at the same time!! WeWATT is a Belgium Company who created these combo-desk-bikes and they are now in many places in Europe (check out photos of examples here). Watch this excellent Mashable Video to learn more!.
These WeBikes can be in laid out in a row or circle (think group work). They say they are make with some recycled materials too. Takes about 30 minutes of pedaling to charge your iPhone. Though its a small company, customizing each request, so it’s probably not ready for most libraries yet at a cost of around $1300 a bike!?! But the concept is so worth considering….