Kitchen Concept Uses Pedal-Power to Grind Beans, Blend Soups and Save the Planet

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This foot-powered food processor has numerous things going for it. As you will have noticed, it's incredibly stylish—and small. It's also eco-friendly, thigh-friendly and perfect for small kitchens. It's just a shame it's a concept.

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Designed by German Christoph Thetard, it has various attachments that can be powered by pushing the pedal with a foot—including a coffee grinder and blender. Just pushing the pedal at 400rpm is enough to generate 350 watts a minute, which is enough for simple food preparation. But can it prepare a Thanksgiving feast? [Christoph Thetard via Fastco]

DISCUSSION

Would work better if it were a Treadle rather than a pedal. Treadles are more easily used from a standing position with one foot. My grandmother had a treadle sewing machine in her sewing room up until a few years ago before she had to go into the nursing home.

Treadles were also used in early woodworking equipment such as lathes and jig saws.