Finally, A Hamster Wheel For The Rest Of Us

Numerous studies say standing desks are better for your health, and even more encourage people to walk for longer periods throughout the day. Why not turn your office-desk into a giant hamster-wheel to increase your productivity?

Ridiculous? Yes, but you have to admit — it looks pretty fun. [Robb Godshaw] is the mastermind behind this project, and he has a certain way with words too — this is what he has to say about his project:

Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.

Hah. Regardless of possible productivity gains you might have in the office, it’s a hilariously fun project to do. It was designed in Autodesk Inventor, and the wooden arcs were manufactured using a water jet cutter. The materials list is pretty simple too: 4 sheets of 3/4″ plywood, 4 skateboard wheels, 2 pipes, 240 wood screws and a pint of glue is all that was required to build the wheel.

You can even take it outside…


Who wants to build the human-sized hamster-ball next?

[Robb] has been hacking for a few years now, we just found one of his projects from four years ago that we featured as well  — an automated pencil manufacturing machine for your living room!

29 thoughts on “Finally, A Hamster Wheel For The Rest Of Us

    1. Looks like enslavement to me…

      Are they going pay you extra for turning you into a mule to make power?

      How degrading for the human being!

      Next thing you know they make walk the wheel and base you job performance on power out !

      This is going backwards for the human condition, the human condition is now working for the machine/electronics! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on YOU!!!

      Who really is the ‘RAT’ in this race?

      -100% ;^(

  1. in blue springs nebraska usa there is one of those it was part of a park and i think it was woody woodpecker themed

    on the corner of west broad street and north a street sits a small structure witch is a childs version of the same wheel.

      1. Use a rectangular frame, staple/screw/etc wood slats to a strong ‘belt’ of material. Then runt he track overhead and under your feet, it will create sort of an obround shape.

        This will give you a flat surface to walk on all day. If you keep the angles small enough at the ends, you can have the wood pieces touching at all times and reduce chance for pinching/tripping/etc.

  2. Because you’re just sick and tired of the …rat race?

    I know how irritating it was to hear a hamster wheel running all night, does he work in the office alone, or only get in the wheel at night?

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