Power from Footsteps

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in Science
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,71460-0.html?tw=rss.index

I never thought about all the energy wasted into the ground.
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Female 961
I like it when you aholes think you know what youre talking about.. usually it makes for a better time than the links.
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Male 2,781
``GOOD VIVRATIONS`` LMAO

CAN A GENERATOR GENERATE POWER TO POWER ITSELF?

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Male 24
Clever idea but what if some of the generators stop working or are faulty? They`d have to dig them back up to fix them, perhaps causing major roadworks and traffic jams.
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Female 54
"Vibration harvesters" ...can`t help but to laugh at that.
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Male 1,725
hmm thats smart.

unlike me

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Female 178
Put it under the football field during marching season.

Band would power the whole high school. Or university. Whatever.

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Female 272
it would be great to get it here in nyc. theres always a train of some sort and always someone walking around downtown.
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Male 393
thats a cool idea, but i dont know if it can be worth it in the long run to buy and maintain a vibration generator *giggles at the name* just to power up the local walgreens
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Male 140
HULL UNI!!!! WOOOOOP!!! i knew about this aaages ago though!never thought it would make national let alone international. the dude was at our college just as we broke up for summer holidays!! this is soo gunna put our city on the map...GO `ULL!! haha
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Female 314
way good idea.
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Male 1,237
really good idea...
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Male 108
[quote]On 8/1/2006 3:33:36 AM bobbyier wrote: They did. I read somewhere that some rollers where placed instead of speed bumps in a test place but the energy made was just stolen from the car and so people would have to buy a little bit more petrol to make up for it. Does this mean we need to buy a little bit more food to make up for extra energy lost? Or do they harvest the wasted energy without it making us harder to walk?[/quote]
It actually would make it very slightly more difficult to walk, the more energy you harvest.

But harvesting it at a very low level, you probably won`t notice too much difference.

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Male 334
as always, some of you continue to question scientists about problems that they just might have thought about during their MONTHS or YEARS of working on their research. give me a break. i think they know what they`re doing

cool idea though, if they got it in NYC, it would be perfect, or pretty much anywhere in China

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Female 228
thats really cool.
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Male 93
retarded lol
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Male 375
along these same lines...i always thought they should turn wheels on cars into alternators...all that mechanical energy just being wasted when it could be turned into electrical energy
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Female 411
interesting
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Male 2,057
cool! could work as well
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Female 2,144
What? I Wasn`t Listening.
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Male 60
ya know with all the fat people here in the US, and all the people who are making their kids fat, we can probably create enough energy to run a large city, maybe even the world.
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Male 28
They did.

I read somewhere that some rollers where placed instead of speed bumps in a test place but the energy made was just stolen from the car and so people would have to buy a little bit more petrol to make up for it.

Does this mean we need to buy a little bit more food to make up for extra energy lost? Or do they harvest the wasted energy without it making us harder to walk?

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Male 242
thats drating brilliant...WHY DIDNT I THINK OF THAT
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Male 21
Quite a good idea. But itll probably cost alllllloooooooooooooot to get it all over the world :p..

Acctually, they should make this in Africa! All the elaphants and hippo`s! Cheap electricity for them

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Male 236
^^ same here.
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Female 1,033
that a great idea. i totally didnt read the whole story though....way to effing long
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Female 706
vibration harvesters <- I want to giggle at this...
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Male 10,115
Link: Power from Footsteps [Rate Link] - I never thought about all the energy wasted into the ground.
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