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Smart-City Technology Harvests Energy From Footsteps
4/22/2013

These tiles can harvest energy -- up to 8 watts per footstep -- that can be stored and used to power streetlights or other infrastructure in urban areas where there is significant footfall.   (Source: Pavegen)
These tiles can harvest energy -- up to 8 watts per footstep -- that can be stored and used to power streetlights or other infrastructure in urban areas where there is significant footfall.
(Source: Pavegen)

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: a moral problem?
Cabe Atwell   5/24/2014 1:40:24 AM
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Those tiles would be great on fitness center treadmills or even adapted for the soles of shoes to recharge mobile devices.

 

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dka   6/27/2013 8:32:51 AM
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When the energy harvesting is done, and it goes back into the same system, I don't see any problems, but when you start harvesting human energy it opens up a whole can of worms!

We live in a place where we are free to make choices.  We expect to know in advance how much something is going to cost before we commit, and if we get charged more it's considered fraud.  If I walk on a sidewalk that takes more energy from me than a normal sidewalk and there is no option for me to make a different choice before I walk on it, is it fraud? I don't want to read a 10 page legal document before I enter an area, but it still seems like I should be given the choice before my energy is harvested.  What is the threshold?  Obviously, costing you your entire life, like in "The Matrix" is something no one would sign up for, but if it only costs 1% more is it "in the noise" and not requiring the opportunity to opt out? 

If the government issued every household a stationary bike with a generator and said to be a member of this society, each person has to spend an hour on it each day, we'd be up in arms! How is this different?

Am I the only one who sees a potential problem with my energy being harvest without my prior knowledge/permission?

Elizabeth M
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Re: Go green
Elizabeth M   4/29/2013 4:25:35 AM
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I think that the technology can already work with cars, or is being adapted already to do so. I'm not entirely sure and have to check with the company on this. But you're right, there is great potential for this to be a use as well.

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Re: How's this on the feet?
Pubudu   4/27/2013 12:02:51 AM
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True Rob, I am thinking of a jogging track which generates electricity for the social and jogger with shoos which generates electricity for himself and jogging itself giving a mean of health.......

There will be a new meaning for jogging. 

Pubudu
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Pubudu   4/26/2013 11:48:56 PM
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Jim T, I think that for the beginning is more than enough to have electricity for the individual from the foot step if it can charge may laptop battery it is more than enough for me. 

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Pubudu   4/26/2013 11:34:52 PM
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Debera, Great post, I would like to read more about this tech, if you have a link or photos please share with us.

I believe that this will be more practical than this floor method. And also it is very easy and cost effective to implement rather than changing the entire floor 

Pubudu
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Re: Energy from Footsteps
Pubudu   4/26/2013 11:08:05 PM
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Exactly Debera, this is a fantastic innovation which will change the future.

Assume the deduction of the carbon fuel consumption which use to create electricity,  thanks to this innovation, 

Pubudu
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Pubudu   4/26/2013 11:00:18 PM
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Elizabeth thanks for the awareness article, Actually this is a great innovation.

The electricity which is made through this is mainly depending on the weight and the number of movement in the flow, cant we able to increase the technology to durable enough to take more weight and more movement. Simply I, am thinking about vehicles in the roads. 

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   4/26/2013 5:55:19 PM
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I saw a similar technology developed at Purdue a few years ago, bobjengr. It used piezo technology, but I don't know if this one did, too. We may now be reaching a point where developers are going to provide scarce detail, as Liz points out.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: How's this on the feet?
Rob Spiegel   4/26/2013 11:40:54 AM
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That's a good idea, Elizabeth. Those runners are consistent. It's interesting the wide range of energy technology that's appearing these days. And these new energy sources are coming with technology to back it up. It's no longer just a dream.

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