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Date: 08/01/06 02:10 AM

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    August 1, 2006 at 12:10 am
    Link: Power from Footsteps - I never thought about all the energy wasted into the ground.
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    jjcruiser13 Female 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 2:16 am
    vibration harvesters <- I want to giggle at this...
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    sugarhigh83 Female 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 2:16 am
    that a great idea. i totally didnt read the whole story though....way to effing long
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    sportsguy69 Male 13-17
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    August 1, 2006 at 2:30 am
    ^^ same here.
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    Forlornson Male 13-17
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    August 1, 2006 at 2:33 am
    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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    Jats Male 18-29
    242 posts
    August 1, 2006 at 3:18 am
    thats drating brilliant...WHY DIDNT I THINK OF THAT
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    Mani-Jac Male 40-49
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    August 1, 2006 at 3:23 am
    Good idea but, it will be pretty difficult to make it actually work and harvest those 5 to 7 watts per footstep. You can`t have peolple walking over "vibration harvesters" so they have to be embedded in some sort of new tiles or floor covering. Those tiles will also absorb energy.
    Why don`t they install them after speed bumps in streets?? there will be much more energy released there.....
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    bobbyier Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 3:33 am
    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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    Mirnakesh Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 3:45 am
    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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    Mani-Jac Male 40-49
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    August 1, 2006 at 3:54 am
    bobbyier, these sensors would be embedded in the street surface after a speed bump, so there will not be any extra energy loss.
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    cruxshadows Female 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 4:08 am
    What? I Wasn`t Listening.
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    ryan14 Male 13-17
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    August 1, 2006 at 6:12 am
    cool! could work as well
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    SH0WERdance Female 13-17
    411 posts
    August 1, 2006 at 8:38 am
    interesting
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    NyQ Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 10:38 am
    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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    Pitbull3291 Male 13-17
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    August 1, 2006 at 12:07 pm
    retarded lol
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    dull_moore Female 13-17
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    August 1, 2006 at 12:42 pm
    thats really cool.
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    mrwnt Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 3:12 pm
    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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    314159 Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 3:59 pm
    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?
    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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    Jowsh Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 5:40 pm
    really good idea...
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    Dustfinger Female 13-17
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    August 1, 2006 at 6:44 pm
    way good idea.
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    made-in-hull Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 6:47 pm
    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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    cutbullocks Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2006 at 10:33 pm
    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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    joolia Female 13-17
    272 posts
    August 1, 2006 at 11:18 pm
    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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    dreamschemer Female 13-17
    178 posts
    August 1, 2006 at 11:24 pm
    Put it under the football field during marching season.

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

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    klkl Male 13-17
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    August 1, 2006 at 11:36 pm
    hmm thats smart.

    unlike me

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    HiyashiChan Female 13-17
    54 posts
    August 2, 2006 at 12:06 am
    "Vibration harvesters" ...can`t help but to laugh at that.
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    hriscay Male 13-17
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    August 2, 2006 at 8:40 am
    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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    AFTERSHOCK Male 18-29
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    August 2, 2006 at 4:06 pm
    ``GOOD VIVRATIONS`` LMAO

    CAN A GENERATOR GENERATE POWER TO POWER ITSELF?

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    cahalla Female 18-29
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    August 2, 2006 at 6:37 pm
    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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