One Step Closer To Becoming The Human Battery
from the neo?--is-that-you? dept
Well, one side effect of gasoline prices being so high these days is that it's going to force people to start looking at alternative forms of generating energy. One area that's often overlooked is how much energy is generated by the everyday actions of people. Sure, we've got those watches that charge themselves based on movement, but, that's pretty minor (and who wears watches any more anyway?). So, some researchers are taking a similar concept and are trying to apply it to a backpack. The backpack is basically set on springs, and the energy of the pack shifting up and down is stored and can be used to power small electronics. So, for example, you could power your own mobile phone or mp3 player just by walking around (with a heavy backpack on your back). Of course, it was developed mainly for military uses, and it's not like the average person is carrying around a backpack all the time anyway. However, as people keep buying more gadgets, maybe they'll need a backpack to tote them around anyway -- and if so, why not one that will power the gadgets at the same time?