Ever feel like you deserve a prize after an especially challenging spin class? Well, how would you feel about a brand-new, pure wool scarf, made just for you?
A cool contraption built by Dutch designer George Barratt-Jones actually uses the power harnessed by a stationary bike to knit a scarf close to 5 feet long for its cyclist — all in about five minutes. Barratt-Jones recently shared his invention, called the Cyclo-Knitter, online for the public to enjoy.
“Imagine Its [sic] the midst of winter. You are cold and boared [sic] waiting for your train at the station,” Barratt-Jones wrote in an Imgur folder full of pictures of the Cyclo-Knitter. He continued:
This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left with a free scarf! That you can decide to keep yourself or give to someone who needs it more.
Curious? Take a peek at his Vimeo video of the project below. With its cheery “Come on Eileen” soundtrack and great shots of strangers trying out the bike while interacting with Barratt-Jones, it’s a fun look at how interactive art can bring people together and brighten people’s days.
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In his photo album detailing the process behind building the Cyclo-Knitter, Barratt-Jones explained that the project began as an assignment he’d been given at the Design Academy Eindhoven, an institute for art, architecture and design located in Eindhoven, Netherlands. His task was to create something with a weaving technique.
“I like making projects that are useful and make people smile,” he wrote. “So I decided on making waiting for your train in the winter more enjoyable.”
He added in his Vimeo caption: “Its [sic] all about spreading joy and making those boring moments more fun.”
Judging by the smiles on people’s faces as they used the Cyclo-Knitter, Barratt-Jones definitely succeeded.