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Cubii under-desk elliptical trainer lets you pedal to fitness at work

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July 24, 2014

Cubii is a new under-desk elliptical trainer for helping people to keep fit while at work

Cubii is a new under-desk elliptical trainer for helping people to keep fit while at work

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For workers who are sat at a desk all day, health and fitness can be a concern. There are various solutions for desk-based workouts, such as the OfficeGym chair attachment and Active Desk workspace/exercise bike. The Cubii, meanwhile, is a compact elliptical trainer that fits under your desk.

Elliptical training at work isn't a new idea. Gizmag featured the Elliptical Machine Office Desk back in 2011 and no doubt other versions of the idea exist. The Elliptical Machine Office Desk, however, costs US$8,000 and appears somewhat over-engineered. Cubii, on the other hand, is small enough to slide under a desk, is easily portable (with a built-in carry-handle) and costs from $319.

Cubii is designed to provide smooth elliptical movement of the legs, while keeping the knees away from the underside of the user's desk. It aims to be simple enough for people to use unconsciously and without being distracted from their work. Similarly, it is designed to be quiet enough to avoid disturbing colleagues.

Cubii is designed to provide smooth elliptical movement of the legs, while keeping the kne...

According to Cubii, users can expect to burn over 120 calories per hour using the device. The resistance of the device is adjustable, to ensure that it can be set to a level that the user finds comfortable and to avoid working the user so hard that they begin to perspire in work.

In addition to its primary functionality, Cubii connects to a mobile app via Bluetooth. Using the device's app, users can track their number of revolutions, distance traveled and calories burned. Resistance can be set via the app, trends can be tracked over time and progress can be shared over social media. The device is also compatible with existing third-party fitness trackers such as Fitbit, Jawbone Up and Fitbug.

Using Cubii's mobile app, users can track their number of revolutions, distance traveled a...

Funds are being raised on Kickstarter for the production of Cubii. At the time of writing, over double the device's $80,000 target has been raised. Having met two Kickstarter stretch goals, the final device should include Bluetooth and smartphone charging capabilities, both exercise-powered.

Backers who pledge via Kickstarter can receive Cubii at a discounted price, assuming all goes to plan with the post-campaign production process. Alternatively, it can be pre-ordered now direct from the company. The device is expected to begin shipping in December 2014.

The video below provides an introduction to Cubii.

Source: Cubii, Kickstarter

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6 Comments

"In addition to its primary functionality, Cubii connects to a mobile app via Bluetooth"

?!!!

HUGE missed opportunity (imho). Put a generator in it and a USB port on it, and actually USE that energy you'd be burning, to power your cellphone and other devices!

After all, energy wasted, is—ENERGY WASTED.

yrag
24th July, 2014 @ 01:18 pm PDT

yrag: Thanks for your comment, but I think you did not read the article carefully: "Having met two Kickstarter stretch goals, the final device should include Bluetooth and smartphone charging capabilities, both exercise-powered"

There is no energy wasted, the Cubii actually uses your energy to power the bluetooth and charge your phone.

Arnav Dalmia
24th July, 2014 @ 03:45 pm PDT

So if sitting is bad why is it that women outlive men since women spend an average 57.7 hours on the toilet, during their lifespan while men stand during urination?

Bob Flint
24th July, 2014 @ 05:50 pm PDT

@yrag generating power was one of their stretch goals for the kickstarter at 150k and it appears they hit it.

Daishi
24th July, 2014 @ 07:25 pm PDT

I like the idea, but $319??? They'd have a much bigger market if they got rid of many of the gimmicks and sold a lower priced version. I think a lot of people wouldn't miss the Bluetooth gadgetry.

Gadgeteer
24th July, 2014 @ 11:38 pm PDT

Sorry my calculations were way off, based on an average 2 minutes per pee x 8 times a day = 16 minutes per day x 365 x 71 (avg. years life span world wide) women spend an average 0.789 years more sitting on the throne.

Bob Flint
25th July, 2014 @ 09:57 am PDT
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