kinetic energy

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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Porsche Announces Plans to Develop a Third Generation 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Porsche Announces Plans to Develop a Third Generation 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Porsche just announced plans to develop a third generation version of its hot flywheel-propelled Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. The company says that the third generation of the über fast auto will further

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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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Kinetic Energy Generating Pavegen Floor Tiles Will Harvest Footsteps to Light UK Shopping Center

Kinetic Energy Generating Pavegen Floor Tiles Will Harvest Footsteps to Light UK Shopping Center

With nearly 30 million shoppers a year, the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre has plenty of foot traffic. The mall plans to install a grid of Pavegens in a main crossing outdoors between the

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The Danish Design Center Shop Showcases the Best in Eco-Friendly Scandinavian Design

The Danish Design Center Shop Showcases the Best in Eco-Friendly Scandinavian Design

Normann-Copenhagen’s Mormor tableware collection is available in white and blue, and it is made from low-water use ceramic and renewable cork. Fjällräven's classic bags are very durable and

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Vycon Plans to Tap Speeding Subway Trains for Immense Amounts of Kinetic Energy

Vycon Plans to Tap Speeding Subway Trains for Immense Amounts of Kinetic Energy

London, New York, Paris - what do they all have in common? Apart from being among the world's most energy-hungry cities, they all have underground subway systems. These public transport systems help

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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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The Eco Facts Behind NASA’s Legendary Space Shuttle Program

The Eco Facts Behind NASA’s Legendary Space Shuttle Program

On July 21st, at approximately 6:00AM, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will land signaling the end of NASA's 30 year-long Space Shuttle Program. During its 30 year run, the world has seen the five shuttles

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

Product designer David Bennett created a fantastic machine called Natural Factory that you can bring to the beach for building public seating, while engaging people in a DIY activity. The idea behing the

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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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Fun and Fanciful Eco-Park Sprouts Up In Amsterdam Schipol Airport

Fun and Fanciful Eco-Park Sprouts Up In Amsterdam Schipol Airport

Officially opened with a surprising picnic themed party early last month, Airport Park offers a unique place in the world for everyone to enjoy. Located before passport control within Lounge 1 it features

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Solar-Powered Piezoelectric Sports Stadium Breaks Ground in India

Solar-Powered Piezoelectric Sports Stadium Breaks Ground in India

Each section, or ripple, contains a different sporting activity space. The “droplets” vary in size, design and purpose, but Studio Symbiosis unified each section by designing them to symbolize

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Maya Pedal Transforms Old Bikes into Pedal-Powered Water Pumps, Blenders and More

Maya Pedal Transforms Old Bikes into Pedal-Powered Water Pumps, Blenders and More

We've seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately - from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these and all other bikes

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TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

Trees naturally filter and clean our air, but in today’s heavily polluted world, it's just too huge of a task to expect Mother Nature to take care of herself. Taking this into account, designers Mario

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Photosensitive Film Turns Light into Kinetic Energy

Photosensitive Film Turns Light into Kinetic Energy

Researchers at a Japanese company called RIKEN have discovered a way to turn light into kinetic energy through the use of molecules that change their structure when exposed to light. The molecules, when

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Hybrid Electric Kinetic Photovoltaic Vehicle is One Green Machine

Hybrid Electric Kinetic Photovoltaic Vehicle is One Green Machine

This Hybrid Electric-Kinetic Photovoltaic Vehicle packs some serious alternative energy punch - and it was built pretty much from the ground up by one man! It features a generator that charges a capacitor

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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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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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Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

It’s often hard not to succumb to the built-in stimuli of digital entertainment - especially when it's everywhere we turn. But we often forget that there’s a lot to be had with just one’s

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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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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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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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READER TIP: Magtenlight Harvests Energy from Your Bike Wheels

READER TIP: Magtenlight Harvests Energy from Your Bike Wheels

The Magtenlight is a lighting system for your bike that uses a contact-less dynamo to generate the energy to illuminate your way at night. The system works by mounting a ring of 28 magnets on the spokes

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Dual Purpose Bike Harvests Kinetic Energy

Dual Purpose Bike Harvests Kinetic Energy

We just got a tip from reader Selvan about a dual-purpose bicycle that can be used for transportation as well as for energy production. Using a stand that fixes the bike in a stationary position and a

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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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Top 5 Greener Gadgets to Look for in 2010

Top 5 Greener Gadgets to Look for in 2010

As greener gadget geeks, we're pretty enthralled with the assortment of energy and earth-conscious gizmos that emerged last year, and we're even more excited about what this year holds in store. Check out

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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

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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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