Health

Cubii lets you pedal under your desk to stay fit while you sit

Above: You can exercise your feet with Cubii while sitting.

Image Credit: FitnessCubed

Advances in technology promote a sedentary lifestyle. If you sit at a desk for more than six hours, you may want something like Cubii to keep your body active throughout the day.

FitnessCube’s just-launched Cubii elliptical trainer fits under your desk so you can pedal while you’re working. It can help you stay more active and burn calories, but it won’t necessarily make you sweat and become the stinker of the office.

Arnav Dalmia, cofounder of FitnessCubed and a recent graduate from the University of Chicago, said he started the company and created Cubii to help people address the “sitting disease.”

“Most of us spend our day sitting, and sitting inactive is not healthy,” he said. “Even if we take out time and go to the gym every day, sitting for longer hours is still harmful for us because human beings have not evolved to sit for long periods.”

Cubii app

Above: Cubii app

Image Credit: FitnessCubed

Dalmia got the idea while working at an internship in a large corporation. He was sitting around a lot at his desk, and he figured it was very bad for him. So he sought a way to escape.

The company is raising $80,000 in a Kickstarter campaign that ends in seven days. It has $73,876 from 303 backers as I write this. After that, FitnessCubed hopes to raise seed funding.

It costs $350, which isn’t that cheap. But it’s less expensive than changing around your office furniture or buying a standing desk. You can track your activity via a Cubii mobile app. And Cubii wirelessly integrates with smartphones via Bluetooth. An open applications programming interface lets users sync their app to other fitness trackers too.

A lot of fitness trackers are already on the market, but Dalmia said there are few sources of exercise to complement them. Cubii can act like an accessory for those trackers, he said.

FitnessCubed founders Arnav Dalmia, Shivani Jain, and Ryota Sekine.

Above: FitnessCubed founders Arnav Dalmia, Shivani Jain, and Ryota Sekine.

Image Credit: FitnessCubed

The founders — Dalmia, Shivani Jain, and Ryota Sekine —  started the company in Chicago in August 2013 with no prior experience in engineering or design. They put the product together through trial and error. The elliptical trainer is designed so that your knees don’t hit your desk. The smooth motion eventually becomes unconscious, Dalmia said.

Some office managers might see Cubii as unorthodox, but the modern workplace is changing and there’s more focus on the health and wellness of employees. After all, a healthier workforce incurs lower medical costs, has higher productivity, and faces lower insurance payments.

Rivals include TrekDesk, TreadDesk, Steelcase Walkstation, LifeSpan, StirKinect, other treadmill desks, and standing desks. But not everyone has the space in the office to get a treadmill desk or a standing desk, Dalmia said. And those solutions could cost $1,000 to $3,000.

The company participated in the Polsky Accelerator at the University of Chicago.

“You may not always have time to exercise, but you will always have time to sit and be fit,” Dalmia said.

I don’t know about you guys, but I really need this thing. Check it out in the video below.


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23 comments
Emma Harris
Emma Harris

Under desk elliptical trainers are not exactly new, and they indeed carry some very healthful benefits. But try standing up at work, and you will see a huge and positive difference in the way you work. Why don’t you try it out? You can get a simple and affordable standing desk like the http://tinyurl.com/p5jovp9.

Ryan M Bertoldi
Ryan M Bertoldi

Well then quite a cool idea! I would even consider the outdoor segment, it may be more realistic...if a more "rugged/weatherproof" version was available for campers or hikers that was light and portable and could be "run" sitting around the campfire or in the tent at night.

Arnav Dalmia
Arnav Dalmia

Sometimes people cannot always get a standing desk

Renish R Kamal
Renish R Kamal

A healthy competition :) ? :) thanks for the tag ;)

Jim Hundley
Jim Hundley

Check out the CV2 at www.goodbloodflow.com. Proven benefits to sit and improve circulation.

Badral Saikhan
Badral Saikhan

Why not just stand up while working? Some of these gadgets are really stupid

Ryan M Bertoldi
Ryan M Bertoldi

$350?? Better have a built in generator to recharge my ipod while im pedaling.

Pavitra Eshwar
Pavitra Eshwar

does this then run a turbine that generates power? :)

Arnav Dalmia
Arnav Dalmia

Hi Alex, the device is designed in a non-intrusive manner for the office environment, so its completely quiet. We have conducted a number of trials in different office environments, and noise has never been an issue.

Arnav Dalmia
Arnav Dalmia

Hi Florian, thanks for your comment! Sitting inactive most of the day is bad for us, and not necessarily sitting. There have been a number of studies to prove this. You cannot use this while standing- because the foot angles have been adjusted in a way so that it is used primarily while sitting- this is what differentiates Cubii from all other devices in the market. A number of people have jobs such that they cannot stand or get a standing desk. Think about developers, programmers or people working in traditional corporate offices. Standing is not an option for them because they cannot change their furniture or they are in a shared working space. That is where Cubii comes in and fills a gap in the market.

Arnav Dalmia
Arnav Dalmia

Hi Gregory, the device is designed in a non-intrusive manner for the office environment, so its completely quiet!

Alex Hazel
Alex Hazel

This machine had better be almost completely silent or no one in my office is going to like me. Even worse, people would probably report me for being too distracting. How many decibels does this machine emit while in use?

Florian Rein
Florian Rein

In my mind, they completely failed to solve the problem they are claiming to do, i. e. that most of us are sitting most of the day. Fitness Cubed can you use this device in an standing position? If so, you'd better stress this in your video. If not it, it's nothing more than a sport equipment (similar products already exist and just cost a fraction of the Cubii) that might help lazy ppl to lose some calories while they are sitting....

Arnav Dalmia
Arnav Dalmia

Hi James, I'm Arnav, the founder of Fitness Cubed. Due to flight regulations, that will not be possible. However, feel free to check out our Kickstarter campaign on bit.ly/cubii !

James McGee
James McGee

Great idea. Can they make a travel version for long flights, too?