Kinetic Energy

Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

Project Cycling Bus is a concept by Rever Design Studio for a cycling double decker bus. On the second level, there are 24-27 active passenger cycles to assist in generating the power reserve of the

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Dual Purpose Bicycle Provides Transportation and Pedal Power!

Dual Purpose Bicycle Provides Transportation and Pedal Power!

A dual purpose bicycle (DPB) is a bicycle which can be used for both transportation and for power production. The modification consists of a free wheel, a bottom bracket and a “V” pulley. The

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Jólan van der Wiel’s Cool Spiky Candleholders Defy Gravity

Jólan van der Wiel’s Cool Spiky Candleholders Defy Gravity

Remember Jólan van der Wiel's amazing stools shaped by gravity? This time he's used the same process, and a crazy self-made machine, to make some spiky candleholders! The aptly named 'Gravity

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The LED Sustainable Light Swing Harnesses Kinetic Energy to Light Up Playgrounds

The LED Sustainable Light Swing Harnesses Kinetic Energy to Light Up Playgrounds

The Sustainable Light Swing is an interactive light installation powered by kinetic energy. Created by Guilherme Pena Costa and Ingrid Gabor, the swing is designed with the purpose of inviting people to

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Finally, an Outdoor Gym that Generates Energy Instead of Wasting It

Finally, an Outdoor Gym that Generates Energy Instead of Wasting It

Going to the gym is of course great for your health, but there are at least two things that we dislike about traditional fitness clubs: you have to exercise inside (which feels particularly silly in the

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Jolan van der Wiel’s Fantastic Stools Defy Gravity at Milan Design Week

Jolan van der Wiel’s Fantastic Stools Defy Gravity at Milan Design Week

Jólan van der Wiel unveiled an incredible set of stools shaped using magnetic fields and the force of gravity at the Dutch 'Transnatural' exhibition during the Milan furniture Fair. The stools were made

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Top 6 Amazing Rube Goldberg Machines!

Top 6 Amazing Rube Goldberg Machines!

Many people have had a hand in building a Rube Goldberg machine - whether for a junior high science class, a round of Mouse Trap, or while playing the classic computer game The Incredible Machine. But

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UK’S First Marine Energy Park to Harvest 27 Gigawatts of Wave Power by 2050

UK’S First Marine Energy Park to Harvest 27 Gigawatts of Wave Power by 2050

The UK's climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced today that South West England will soon be home to the country's first Marine Energy Park. The park, once completed, will stretch from Bristol to the

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Jólan van der Wiel’s Amazing Stools are Shaped Using Magnetic Fields and the Force of Gravity

Jólan van der Wiel’s Amazing Stools are Shaped Using Magnetic Fields and the Force of Gravity

After an investigation into what he could do with gravity and magnetic fields, Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel created these peculiar seats by fusing raw materials with the two natural forces. Called

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Jung Inyoung’s Sleek Rolling Suitcase Charges Your Devices Kinetically

Jung Inyoung’s Sleek Rolling Suitcase Charges Your Devices Kinetically

Frequent travelers rejoice! The more you lug your suitcase from place to place, the more power you can produce for your gadgets. Jung Inyoung’s rolling luggage not only stores your gadgets and

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Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2011 was an incredible year for green energy as the impending challenges of climate change, energy security, and peak oil spurred the development of clean power sources that will propel us towards a more

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Theo Jansen Debuts 3D-Printed Miniature Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Just in Time for the Holidays

Theo Jansen Debuts 3D-Printed Miniature Walking Strandbeest Sculptures Just in Time for the Holidays

Jansen's Strandbeests are wondrous wind-powered automatons that exhibit almost life-like qualities and are capable of moving around on their own. Most are built from piping, wood and sail cloth and over

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MIT’s Tiny Kinetic Generator Produces 100 Times More Power from Small Vibrations

MIT’s Tiny Kinetic Generator Produces 100 Times More Power from Small Vibrations

The labs at MIT are shaking things up - literally - as they just unveiled a tiny device that harvests energy from everyday, low-frequency vibrations. The breakthrough gizmo generates 100 times more power

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Instep NanoPower: Powerful Kinetic Energy Generator Fits in Your Sneaker!

Instep NanoPower: Powerful Kinetic Energy Generator Fits in Your Sneaker!

Soon, you may be able to jog your way to a charged cell phone. Conceptualized by Tom Krupenking and Ashley Taylor, the Instep Nanopower fits snuggly in the sole of your sneaker, and with each step the

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Gorgeous Wind Chime Sculpture Sings Splendidly with the Forest Winds

Gorgeous Wind Chime Sculpture Sings Splendidly with the Forest Winds

Dixon’s sculpture is a giant, playful wind chime. With the aid of assistants, the kinetic sculpture was constructed on site over the course of an entire month. A rustic red wooden bridge hangs between

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Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Jellyfish have always been the highlight of aquarium visits - their easy grace moving through the water is something to be desired. Bioengineering professor John Dabiri is just as fascinated with the sea

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VIDEO: Mary Lou Jepsen on One Laptop Per Child

VIDEO: Mary Lou Jepsen on One Laptop Per Child

Mary Lou Jepsen's keynote presentation of One Laptop Per Child at our Greener Gadgets conference a few years back was without a doubt one of the highlights of the event. The OLPC laptop, known as XO or

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Pedal-Powered Bus is Almost Too Cool for School

Pedal-Powered Bus is Almost Too Cool for School

Attending school everyday has never more eco-friendly and fun! Dutch company De Café Racer developed a pedal-powered school bus that turns going to school into a happy, healthy and cooperative

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Coachella’s Human Powered DJ Booth Blasts Renewable Blips and Bleeps

Coachella’s Human Powered DJ Booth Blasts Renewable Blips and Bleeps

The 2011 Coachella Music Festival featured a DJ booth powered by an energy generating playground. Festival goers could choose from a series of different electricity producing installations that fed into a

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Underwater Kite Turbines Harvest Energy From Ocean Waves

Underwater Kite Turbines Harvest Energy From Ocean Waves

Wave power generators generally take the form of sea snake-like designs that sit atop rolling waves, gathering kinetic energy and turning it into power. However a new idea combines the worlds of wind

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CES 2011: nPower PEG Charges Your Gadgets as You Walk

CES 2011: nPower PEG Charges Your Gadgets as You Walk

There's nothing more annoying than when you're away from home and your gadgets run out of juice without an outlet in sight. Spotted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the nPower PEG is

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Ingenius Kitchen Machine is a Human-Powered Food Processor

Ingenius Kitchen Machine is a Human-Powered Food Processor

Wouldn't it be fitting if your nutritious morning smoothie came with a side of exercise? Well it could, if you had this ingenious food processor designed by Christoph Thetford. Called the Kitchen Machine,

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Kitty Powered Humidifier is the Cat’s Meow!

Kitty Powered Humidifier is the Cat’s Meow!

No matter how much we adore our cats, it's easy to feel like they aren't always pulling their weight around the house -- since they pretty much just sit around all day. Well here's a way to put your lazy

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Human-Powered Sno-Cones at Outside Lands Music Fest

Human-Powered Sno-Cones at Outside Lands Music Fest

This weekend, San Francisco hosts the major — and pricey — music festival Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park. The main attraction (besides the tunes)? Toyota and nonprofit Global Inheritance will give

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World’s First Grid Scale Flywheel Energy Plant Opening Soon!

World’s First Grid Scale Flywheel Energy Plant Opening Soon!

While it doesn't get nearly as much attention as alternative energy sources like solar or wind power, flywheel storage technology is definitely worth looking into. A kinetic energy-based technology that

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Brilliant Kinetic Batteries Recharge When Shaken, Not Stirred

Brilliant Kinetic Batteries Recharge When Shaken, Not Stirred

You're out in the boonies camping when suddenly your flashlight battery dies: this could seriously impair your trip! But it's just this kind of situation that Brother Industries Ltd has in mind for its

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Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Power to Developing Nations

Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Power to Developing Nations

As millions of fans await the World Cup tournament, a group of Harvard alums has unveiled an ingenious soccer ball that can store energy generated by play! Dubbed the sOccket, this smart toy was invented

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Thermoelectric Galoshes Charge Your Cellphone With Every Step!

Thermoelectric Galoshes Charge Your Cellphone With Every Step!

These Wellington boots give us a charge—and we mean the electrical kind! Developed by U.K. telecommunications company Orange and the renewable-energy experts at Gotwind, Power Wellies convert heat from

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Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat Water

Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat Water

This incredible concept for a self-heating piezoelectric shower combines inspiration from the human body’s circulatory system with technological innovations in piezoelectricity. The fluid web of piping

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Shoe Generator Harvests Power from Walking

Shoe Generator Harvests Power from Walking

Photo courtesy of lusi These shoes were made for walking--and for producing power. A researcher at Louisiana Tech University designed a shoe that contains a small generator in its sole. When the

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