Kinetic Energy

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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Mini Generators Use Vibrations from Traffic, Movement to Create Electricity

Mini Generators Use Vibrations from Traffic, Movement to Create Electricity

Talk about good vibrations. Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing tiny generators that harvest the kinetic energy going on around us on a daily basis. The Parametric Frequency Increased

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Nokia Files Patent for Kinetically Charged Cell Phone

Nokia Files Patent for Kinetically Charged Cell Phone

Photo: Jurvetson Telecom giant Nokia recently filed a patent for a cell phone powered by kinetic energy (one of our favorite kinds of energy here at Inhabitat!). The conceived phone would charge via

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EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

We love gadgets that glean energy from everyday actions, so we were thrilled to find this energy-generating rocking chair among this year's 18 Greener Gadgets Design Competition finalists. Perfect for

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Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy With Every Click

Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy With Every Click

Portable wireless mice have a problem: most of them rely upon disposable batteries, which often wind up in landfills as e-waste. Adele Peters' Corky mouse aims to change all that -- it's a kinetic

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ReRev Makes Energy Generating Gyms a Reality

ReRev Makes Energy Generating Gyms a Reality

Many of us have been to the gym and wondered why the exercise equipment isn't hooked up to generate electricity and feed it back into the grid. At long last a company in Florida called ReRev has answered

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ROCCO: A Kinetic Energy Harvesting Rocking Horse

ROCCO: A Kinetic Energy Harvesting Rocking Horse

If you've got a toddler running about the house you may have asked yourself "Isn't there some way I could put all of that energy to good use?" Well the folks who came up with Rocco, one of the awesome

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Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Clean Power to Off-Grid Areas

Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Clean Power to Off-Grid Areas

When the sun goes down many developing countries rely upon dangerous kerosene lamps, which emit hazardous fumes and generate 190 million metric tons of CO2 each year. Seeking an eco-friendly alternative

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Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

Piezoelectric energy is nothing new, but researchers at Princeton University have developed a new type of electricity-harvesting rubber sheet that has the potential to change the way we power electronic

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Jump Rope Transforms Kinetic Energy into Light

Jump Rope Transforms Kinetic Energy into Light

Eco-savvy fitness buffs will appreciate this jump rope flashlight concept by designers Hyun Joo Lee and Eu Tteum Lee. The Jumping Light skipping rope would take workouts to the next level by harnessing

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Solar Compressed Air System Solves the Energy Storage Conundrum

Solar Compressed Air System Solves the Energy Storage Conundrum

Energy storage is one of the greatest milestones facing the renewable energy industry. You can't control the winds or the sun's rays, so intermittency is a problem and you can't flood the grid when you

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Twirling Battery Provides Instant Energy for a Dead Cellphone

Twirling Battery Provides Instant Energy for a Dead Cellphone

This spinning kinetic cellphone battery is a smart solution for times when your phone is dangerously low on juice. With a simple twirl of your finger, you can charge your battery with enough energy to

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Pedal-Powered Generators to Illuminate Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Pedal-Powered Generators to Illuminate Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Still making plans for New Year's Eve? Why not brave the crowds of Times Square and help generate the power needed to light up the famous new year's numerals! Duracell has been running their Smart Power

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Power Your Music Player With Your Running Pants

Power Your Music Player With Your Running Pants

Instead of just burning calories, why not use all that energy from exercising to power your MP3 player? The Dancepants Kinetic Music Player, a shortlisted entry in Designboom's Green Life competition,

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Pavegen: Energy Generating Pavement Hits the Streets

Pavegen: Energy Generating Pavement Hits the Streets

Any one point on a busy street can receive up to 50,000 steps a day, so imagine if you could take all that foot traffic and turn it into something useful - like energy! A new product designed by Laurence

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Fountainhead Reposited: Water Island is an Exercise in Filtration

Fountainhead Reposited: Water Island is an Exercise in Filtration

Synch your workout with a little river detox, then rehydrate with a cup of the fresh water you just filtered. This people-powered water purification island, designed by Jakub Szczesny as part of the

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Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

The serene back-and-forth movement of a rocking chair is nothing if not relaxing. It can also be useful and productive, according to Rochus Jacob. The designer's Murakami Chair, a winner in designboom's

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Speed Bumps Harvest Electricity from Moving Cars

Speed Bumps Harvest Electricity from Moving Cars

Fast food lovers may finally feel a little less guilty about getting greasy burgers. One New Jersey Burger King recently equipped its drive-thru with a speed bump that harvests electricity from cars that

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Sainsbury’s New Kinetic Energy Powered Green Supermarket

Sainsbury’s New Kinetic Energy Powered Green Supermarket

Next time you feel like generating a little energy, just roll into your local Sainsbury's! The third largest British supermarket chain has just unveiled a new energy system that generates power from the

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Kinetic Prayer Wheels Transform Prayers Into Energy

Kinetic Prayer Wheels Transform Prayers Into Energy

Every year millions of tourists and locals descend upon Tibet’s temples and spin the prayer wheels contained inside. If the mechanical energy generated by the movement of these spinning wheels could be

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POWERleap Harnesses Energy From Foot Steps!

POWERleap Harnesses Energy From Foot Steps!

Here's a brilliant invention that makes us wonder why all city sidewalks aren't covered in piezoelectric tiles. POWERleap is a floor tiling system that converts wasted energy from human foot traffic into

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BLOOD POWER? Piezoelectric Nanowires Could Turn Your Body Into a Battery

BLOOD POWER? Piezoelectric Nanowires Could Turn Your Body Into a Battery

We've seen piezoelectric systems that harvest energy from roads, subways, and even umbrellas -- now researchers have announced that they are on the brink of unlocking an energy grid composed of

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Hot Air Balloons Could Power Your House

Hot Air Balloons Could Power Your House

Hot air balloons have long fueled the imagination and now Brisbane-based Solartran has conceived of a way to harness the serene floating forms to generate significant amounts of renewable energy as well.

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BIKE POWER: The Pedal-Powered Cell Phone Charger

BIKE POWER: The Pedal-Powered Cell Phone Charger

Imagine never having to plug your cellphone into the wall again! Now you can just plug it into your bike with Oscar L'Hermitte's "Watts Maker" cell phone charger. The system consists of a small kinetic

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Researchers Roll Out Energy Generating Roads

Researchers Roll Out Energy Generating Roads

Engineers at Innowattech in Israel recently created a new type of road that generates electricity as vehicles pass over it! The supercharged surface is embedded with piezoelectric crystals, which

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Rain-Powered Illuminated ‘Lightdrops’ Umbrella!

Rain-Powered Illuminated ‘Lightdrops’ Umbrella!

Umbrellas that light up with integrated LEDs are nothing new: from Instructable's DIY illuminated umbrella to patio umbrellas available at Lowes, LED Umbrellas have been around the block. But here's a

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Energy-Generating Floors to Power Tokyo Subways

Energy-Generating Floors to Power Tokyo Subways

When the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) decided to invest in alternative energy sources, it only had to look to its users for the perfect source of energy. Recently the company decided to update

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