There’s Now a Bus Stop That Lets You Exercise While You Wait for Your Bus

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Do you ever have that feeling when you’re at the bus stop and you don’t know what to do? You fidget around and shake your legs, hoping that the bus would arrive sooner but it doesn’t. You would pull out your phone to browse Instagram but it’s dead because you’ve been using it too much. 

Well, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) has found a remedy for that.


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Bus Stop-Gym Prototype that Charges Your Phone in Boon Lay

A group of students from SUTD has released a prototype in Boon Lay that allows you to charge your phone while waiting for the bus. 

Working with the Ministry of Health Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the first-ever bus-stop gym prototype “Recharge” is now available at the 200 Boon Lay Drive bus stop. 

The project is done by SUTD’s Social Urban Laboratory (SOULab) and was released on Monday (21 November). 

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SOULab and Project Recharge 

SOULab is a design research lab based in SUTD that focuses on evidence-based design for health and life. Their research interests are focused on emerging urban phenomena. They aim to develop a new design framework that shifts the paradigm from urban design to “urban life design”, towards a long-term vision of social sustainability.

Long story short, SOULab makes life more liveable through its designs.

How did the project come about?

According to SOULab, the SUTD students conducted engagement sessions with residents in Boon Lay to understand their perception of physical activity, healthy eating, and rest. Of the 16 recommendations developed, Recharge was the top-ranked choice.


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SOULab describes the project to be a fun exercise game that incorporated simple fitness stations. 

This project is a two-week trial that will last from 21 November to 5 December 2022.

Selected users will be issued a Bluetooth card that can be used to track their activity and the coins collected. 

To start their workout, users will tap their card on the podium and attach their phones to the machine. 

When the workout commences, energy from their workout will be transferred to their phones, charging it as they exercise. In addition, the motion will light up panels on the machine itself.

Users can earn vouchers if they are able to hit 150 minutes in a week on the machine.

Unfortunately, not everyone can take part in this. The trial is only open for people who meet the following criteria:

  1. 18-75 years old
  2. Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents)
  3. Physically healthy (Physical activities not inhibited by any disabilities involving impairments of movement, sight, or hearing)
  4. Resident in Boon Lay

For now, the design is just a trial. However, if it’s successful, we couch potatoes can’t complain that we don’t have the time to exercise anymore.

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Featured Image: Woon Taiwoon / Facebook + Desmond Lee / Instagram