Power your gadgets using your own body motion

June 26, 2008 – 1:13 pm

kinetic energy iconInstead of powering our gadgets with the earth’s finite energy resources, use your boundless and untapped energy generated by your natural body motion.

kinetic braSeveral inventions have tapped the kinetic energy generated by the natural motion of our bodies to power various devices that seem to have become necessities in our daily lives.

Harnessing the body’s Kinetic energy to power gadgets is not a new concept. The first watch to use the bodies natural motion was introduced in 1770 by swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet.

Fast forward to today, there seems to be a growing number of daily electronic gadgets that we ‘have’ to haul around. Power is always an issue to have them operational, as urbanites, its always easy to go home and plug it in for recharging.

But wouldn’t it be great to be able to charge the devices by the natural movement of your body? That way, you never will have to worry about running out of juice for your blackberry or iphone to be able to stay in touch with your friends or get online for everymomentofyourwakinglife!

Here are some innovative ideas and devices that utilizes your body energies to power your gadgets:

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  • DanceCharge: “Attached to the user’s arm, they employ a system of weights and magnets which provide an electric current to top up charge in a storage battery. This can then later be used to recharge the phone.” Link
  • Breath powered USB Charger: A DIY instructional by instructables that provides plans to attach a clunky disk drive looking device to your chest that charges with each breath you take.Link

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  • Boob Powered Charger: Taking the breathing powered charger to the next level, an idea was to harness the untapped power of breast motion. (I kid you not) Adrienne So of Slate.com investigated the potential of putting her ‘girls’ to work. (her words!)
  • Lightning Pack: A backpack developed by kinetic backpackLawrence C. Rome of University of Pennsylvania contains a piston-like mechanism powered by the natural walking movement of the carrier that charges a battery. Primarily designed for field scientists, hikers, explorers, soldiers and disaster workers who may be on site without access to a charging device or electricity for extended periods of time. Link

As traditional energy costs continue to climb, alternative energy sources are becoming more and more attractive. There is a lot of kinetic energy that our body uses that could potentially be tapped to power a lot of our low voltage devices during our day to day living.

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