JPods, East River Skyway, an expanding Citi Bike—if one thing is clear, New York City’s rapidly growing population has gotten a lot of people worried about how our already taxed infrastructure is going to account for all of these new bodies. The latest transportation idea to come out of the woodwork is not necessarily a new one, but it’s one that’s recently found a new boost thanks to interest and funding provided by everyone’s favorite search giant: Google. Called “SkySMART,” this new idea for mobility utilizes a series of sun- and pedal-powered pods that run along an elevated rail high above city traffic.
Do you have a friend who, year after year, promises that they’ll work harder and exercise more? Pedal Power‘s kick-ass Big Rig exer-desk might be exactly what they need to stick with those new year’s resolutions. This cool desk is totally “off-grid” and has the potential to generate up to 100 watts of electricity for one motivated user. And because it’s modeled off an actual high-performance bike, it features an ergonomic seat for comfort, quick adjustments for different riders, a flywheel to smooth pedaling, and a wide range of gearing—meaning your giftee could easily go from tubby to Tour de France cyclist before the new year’s close.