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R2B2: Pedal power for kitchen appliances


Check out these pictures of the pedal-powered kitchen center from FastCompany Design. The concept, from Christoph Thetard, is to power kitchen appliances such as a hand mixer, food processor and coffee grinder with a manual pedal. It could reduce a kitchen’s carbon footprint and lower a home’s electric bill. Does this retro reinvention have a a place in the modern home?

From Treehugger:

“Back in the 60’s the Nutone Kitchen Center was all the rage in high-end kitchens; The idea was that you would have a pile of different appliances and one motor to serve them all, built into the kitchen counter. But in the end it didn’t make a lot of sense as electric motors were relatively cheap.

But what if you do not want to use electricity? The mechanism is going to take up a lot more space and perhaps be more expensive. Designer Christoph Thetard has designed the R2B2 “to reduce private electric waste production.”


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