This was quite amusing. I hope they weren't mocking environmental friendly cars with this because that would be so wrong. It might as well have been something to raise awareness, though I don't get the point of using a Beetle for this.
Nice slideshow Rich. Love the huggable car from Phoenix Contact. I also like the energy-grabbing dancefloor. How many times have you heard people say "I wish we could bottle that energy" when they're watching active young people. With this dancefloor, now it's possible.
I haven't experienced the energy saving dance floor-yet. I also love the people powered sidewalks. Toulouse, France tested them out a few years ago to power the streest lights but I haven't seen any news or results since.
Follow up on real-world applications for these amazing new technologies would be great!
Rich, the idea of green car is diluted by green color. Whether it can save energy and minimizes the environmental pollutions? The piezo electric effect (converting mechanical energy to electric) is so common and now a day's such appliances are deployed in public places.
Dancers would avoid an energy dance floor because it would drain too much of their energy. Basic Physics states that you can't get something for nothing. Dancing on this floor would be like jogging on a sandy beach instead of hard pavement.
Maybe Pheonix Contact is trying to make a point. The use of "Green" for many things that obviously aren't. And some of the hated non-green things have a much smaller footprint over their lifespan than do the "green" things. Green has become a sales buzzword and really means nothing. It is used to push many impractical "technologies" rather than to make a real difference.
How many of our supposed "Green" projects are really just an excuse to collect a subsidy, and really have very little "green" benefit? Is it really "green" or is it just a way on getting the public to give mw money so I can play with the latest fad???
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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