Pedal-powered washing machine
Alex - Hi. I'm Alex Gadsden, inventor of Cyclean which is a pedal-powered washing machine.
Ben - So how does this actually work?
Alex - Well straightforwardly, it's built by recycled components. It puts a bike together with a washing machine using the crucial part which is a hand-built, universal joint. Because the machine likes to move around and do its own thing, you've got to work with it - creating this universal joint cable gave it the flow and just made it work.
Ben - Electric washing machines are very energy-intensive, but spin at ridiculous rates. What sort of spin rate can you get from gearing up a bicycle.
Alex - Well, with the gearing we've got at the moment, we've got 520 rpm and that's on just a very easy spin cycle but if you really want to push it, you can get a 1,000 rpm out of it, no worries.
Ben - How clean does it get the clothes? Is it as good as using all the electricity?
Alex - Whiter than white!