Are you worried about those extra pounds gained over Christmas? Here is a conceptual eco-design that could deal with that dilemma by converting excess body fat into energy. Dutch designer Emmy van Roosmalen says the Energy Belt could be used to power everything from cell phones to pacemakers, cutting down on electricity costs while reducing the wearer’s size.

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We spotted the Energy Belt at Dutch Design Week, where it was on display as part of a traveling exhibition on future design called The Nano Supermarket by Next Nature. Although this idea might seem crazy, all the show’s products use the latest technology available.

So how does it work? Artificial protocells take the energy from natural brown fat and convert it into Adenosine-5′-triphosphate (ATP). This chemical energy could then be used to produce electricity. Nevermind The Netherlands, we need this to combat the American obesity epidemic instead!

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