Kinetic Energy

IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

Najjar & Najjar developed the IRIS pods to create accessibility to the sea in a way that profoundly connects the viewer with their environment. The large, eye-shaped IRIS structures provide surrogate

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Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Amsterdam’s Carve design bureau invited 10 European design firms to create innovative projects that would appeal to all ages, encourage play, and help make the new Governeursplein Square more fun and

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Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Endless Cycling is Cáceres Céspedes' first prototype, created as a mobile construction that can be used for bike training, racing or touring purposes. Already tested in Chile’s Central Valley,

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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Installs Six Wind Turbines on its Hotel Rooftop

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Installs Six Wind Turbines on its Hotel Rooftop

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort recently installed six 4kW wind turbines on its rooftop, which are expected to produce 10 percent of the hotel’s electricity. Manufactured by Urban Green Energy

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myPower Converts Energy from Your Daily Run into Renewable Power for Your Mobile Phone

myPower Converts Energy from Your Daily Run into Renewable Power for Your Mobile Phone

Between portable batteries and cases with built-in power, there are a multitude of ways to recharge your device on the go. Unfortunately, all of them require that you pre-charge the backup itself.

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Kite photo from Shutterstock How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite. According to David Olinger, an associate

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Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Not only do most children in Ghana have to spend their lives in poverty, they also have to spend 12 hours a day in darkness because so much of their country lacks access to the energy grid. This means

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Tomas Saraceno’s Solar Bell Sculpture Explores the Concept of Flying Buildings

Tomas Saraceno’s Solar Bell Sculpture Explores the Concept of Flying Buildings

The Solar Bell sculpture follows a series of work through which Saraceno explored the concept of levitating buildings and the interplay between wind and sound. His Cloud City project - a network of

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6 Human-Powered Gadgets To Improve Your Life

6 Human-Powered Gadgets To Improve Your Life

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Electric washers and dryers seem pretty darn convenient until the power goes out. Then, unless you've got a washtub, scrub board, and a lot of elbow grease, you're going to

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Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist

Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist

No matter how diligent you are at charging your smartphone before leaving the house, there is always some point where you find that your battery is on its last legs - and it's usually when you need to

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The SolePower Harvests Energy from Walking to Charge Your Gadgets

The SolePower Harvests Energy from Walking to Charge Your Gadgets

If you pound the pavement every day for your commute or just a little exercise, you can use some of your stride to power your electronic devices. The SolePower is a shoe insole that allows the wearer to

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Vodafone Unveils Smartphone-Charging Shorts Just in Time for Festival Season

Vodafone Unveils Smartphone-Charging Shorts Just in Time for Festival Season

British telecommunications company Vodafone wants people to be able to use their phones, even when they're away from a power source for days on end at music festivals, for example. So this week, the

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Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

Last summer, British telecommunications company Vodafone deployed a recharging truck to music festivals to enable festival-goers to charge their gadgets. Now, the company is rolling out a new piece of

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Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

JF-Kit is part pop-up gym, part self-sufficient off-grid home. The interior features a line of ‘domestic fitness furniture’ that enables residents to produce energy by pedaling a bike, doing sit

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Kinetic Energy Floors Convert Sweet Dance Moves into Electricity

Kinetic Energy Floors Convert Sweet Dance Moves into Electricity

The disco Energy Floors can be made to any size, as each modular tile has its own generator that collects and stores energy as dancers step on it. Whether an entire nightclub floor or just a few tiles,

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Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Charges Your Gadgets While You Ride

Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Charges Your Gadgets While You Ride

A new bike-powered generator can help cyclists power their lives, “one pedal at a time”. The Siva Cycle Atom clips directly to your bike and harnesses your pedal-pushing energy, storing it in a

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Kinetic Energy-Harvesting Tiles Generate Power from Paris Marathon Runners

Kinetic Energy-Harvesting Tiles Generate Power from Paris Marathon Runners

The annual Paris Marathon took the term "energetic workout" to the next level this past weekend by harnessing kinetic energy from over 40,000 participating runners. Sponsored by Schneider Energy, the

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Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

An entry in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the Soundscrapers would be constructed near major motorways and railroad junctions, prime locations for capturing ambient vibrations. A sound-sucking

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SOCCKET: Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Kicks Off Production

SOCCKET: Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Kicks Off Production

A few years ago Uncharted Play unveiled designs for an energy-generating soccer ball that can generate power through play—and now the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to go into full-scale

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Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Designed and assembled in the U.S., Soccket uses Uncharted Play’s patent-pending mechanism that captures and stores the kinetic power generated through kicking the ball. The small pendulum inside the

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Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Riding a bicycle is normally a healthy alternative to driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. But in places like Beijing where air pollution is hitting record levels, keeping yourself separated from the deadly

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The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

Sick of your batteries dying at the very moment you need to make a call, flick on a flashlight, or find your position on a GPS when you are lost in the outdoors? Introducing the Voltmaker - an innovative

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MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

Researchers at MIT just developed a new bio-polymer film that is able to generate electricity from a readily available source: water vapor. The material changes its shape as it absorbs evaporated water.

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Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2012 was a banner year for renewable energy that saw scientists and engineers pushing the envelope towards ever more efficient and sustainable ways of producing power. Entire nations reaped the benefits

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is

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New Technology Harvests Electricity From Railroad Train Track Vibrations

New Technology Harvests Electricity From Railroad Train Track Vibrations

Train photo from Shutterstock Anyone who has stood next to a train pulling into a station can attest to the immense power it produces as it rattles along the rails. Scientists at Stony Brook University

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LA Metro Signs $3.6 Million Deal With VYCON to Harvest Energy from Speeding Subway Trains

LA Metro Signs $3.6 Million Deal With VYCON to Harvest Energy from Speeding Subway Trains

LA Metro photo from Shutterstock Today clean energy storage system manufacturer VYCON announced that it has been awarded a $3.6 Million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation

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Brilliant ‘Rocking Knit’ Chair Creates Winter Hats While You Sit!

Brilliant ‘Rocking Knit’ Chair Creates Winter Hats While You Sit!

Technology advances in the blink of an eye – while many are obsessed with the latest high-tech devices, let’s not forget that low-tech innovation can also be revolutionary. ECAL students

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British Scientist Claims Damage from Hurricane Sandy Could Have Been Prevented With Discarded Car Tires

British Scientist Claims Damage from Hurricane Sandy Could Have Been Prevented With Discarded Car Tires

Professor Stephen Salter of the University of Edinburgh believes that a device made from discarded car tires could prevent the formation of superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy. He calls his invention the

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Robotic Elephant Water Clock Designed in 1206 AD Recreated in Dubai Shopping Mall

Robotic Elephant Water Clock Designed in 1206 AD Recreated in Dubai Shopping Mall

A kinetic energy-powered robotic “elephant clock” designed in the 13th century by Al-Jazari, the Muslim “father of robotics,” now serves as a centerpiece of the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai.

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