9 Renewable Energy Solutions Small Enough to Fit in Your Pocket

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Pocket power.

Why shoud you care about being green if there’s nothing in it for you?  The reason you should care about renewable energy is that it gives you lots of ways to start generating your own energy to power all those energy hungry gadgets you love.  You won’t even notice that you’re doing it thanks to future technology. (Pics)

 

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New Kinetic Button Battery Generates Power From Vibrations

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New Japanese kinetic battery

A Japanese researcher has developed a new type of kinetic button battery that is able to generate and store a remarkable amount of energy from vibrations. Developed by Toshiyuki Ueno at Japan’s Kanazawa University, the petite powerhouse could one day energize everything from watches to large appliances. The battery has an energy density of about 22 mW/cm3, which is currently 20 times higher than other vibration-driven generators that are made with piezoelectric materials.

 

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Continue Time – Kinetic Artwork Clock

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Continue Time

So how do you convince people to keep buying wall clocks when nearly every single gadget they carry can show them the time? Well one way is to turn it into a mesmerizing kinetic sculpture like the Continue Time clock created by Sander Mulder. The inspiration for the design actually came after an office clock fell to the floor, dislodging the minute and second hands, which is kind of how the Continue Time works. The hour hand remains connected to the ‘center’ of the clock face, but the minute hand extends from the end of the hour hand while the second hand extends from the end of the minute hand. So in the product shot above the clock is actually showing the time as 3:54:32. The video below kind of helps you to understand the movements, but more importantly it shows the clock in motion. (Video)

 

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UV Toothbrush Uses Kinetic Energy

 

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What a nifty idea! Many folks insist that toothbrushes should be sterilized, after all, if you don’t, your toothbrush could become a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty bacteria. This concept toothbrush will harness the kinetic energy that we generate through the activity of us brushing out teeth. If you brush for 3 minutes, you should have made about 700 strokes, enough to power the UV LED in the tooth brush to zap the bacteria in the toothbrush.

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Supermarkets Will Soon Be Powered By Shoppers Cars

Supermarkets Will Soon Be Powered By Shoppers Cars

Car power: The future of shopping 

Shoppers’ cars will be used to power supermarket tills in a revolutionary new scheme.

The weight of vehicles driving over road plates into a new eco store will power a generator that creates enough electricity to keep checkouts ringing.

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Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

Top 10 Most Outrageous Clocks

The executive desk, with moving gears – made by Dale Mathis

“Time does not exist. Clocks exist.” – wall graffiti 

Today we look at various clocks and means to tell the time, a fleeting continuum that is otherwise invisible and even irrelevant, especially when considered as a disappearing line between absolute concepts of “past” and “future”. (Pics)

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Are Optical Illusions Caused By The Brain Or The Eye?

Are Optical Illusions Caused By The Brain Or The Eye?

 (Left) Isia Leviant’s Enigma. Most viewers say the purple rings appear to fill with rapid illusory motion. (Right) A simplified version that the researchers used in the study. Most viewers report illusory motion lengthwise along the gray stripe.

When viewing the famous optical illusion painting Enigma by Isia Leviant, many people claim to see motion within the colored circles moving against the black and white striped background. Although this optical illusion has been known for a long time, its physiological origins are still unknown.

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