I write better when I smoke. Don’t ask me to reduce it to a science.

Energy Reclamation

That’s what i like to call it: energy reclamation technology.

The folks over at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia have developed a device, worn like a leg brace, that can generate electricity from walking.

Wearing a device on each leg, an individual can generate up to 5 watts of electricity with little additional physical effort, according to the release. Walking quickly, however, generates as much as 13 watts. At that rate, when the energy is stored in a battery, one minute of walking time could provide enough electricity to sustain 30 minutes of talk-time on a mobile phone.

Now think of the possibilities: You could be shopping – an activity that can easily have you walking for three to four hours – and talking to your girlfriends on the phone the whole time, without having your battery go dead. You’ll be like a real-life Stepford wife; a bionic bitch!

Seriously, I can think of a lot of good this thing can bring, apart from providing fodder for sci-fi stories. It can run an insulin pump, f’rinstance, and (with increased laptop power consumption efficiency) multiply your on-the-road productivity by several orders of magnitude. And of course, someone is probably gonna find a way to weaponize the damned thing.

A few years ago, me and a friend were talking about how fast tech was developing, and she said she was going to have her body – or at least her head – cryogenically frozen. To say I was surprised would be an understatement. She was dead – LOL! get it? – serious tho’. She truly believed that there would come a time when she could be resuscitated or given a new body; she had that much faith in science. I’m still not quite convinced, but this latest news seems like a truly big step in that direction.

Gawd! Science is so fucking cool.


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5 Responses

  1. BrianB says:

    That thing looks real heavy. There are cellphone designs, concept not in production yet, wherein kinetic energy from folding and unfolding a clamshell phone or by merely lifting one is converted into electrical energy that then powers the battery. That one could work. This one is pretty disruptive. And why not just use the turning of a bicycle’s wheel instead? They already have this one distributed in India. A bicycle powered motorola phone.

  2. BrianB says:

    Is the Wendy’s comment about Neri?

  3. rom says:

    brianb: well, yeah. I have to agree with you on that one. This design looks real clunky and probably has a way to go before it becomes more integrate-able into everyday life. The advantage is that with this, you’re taking advantage of an action that you’re doing anyway – you’re just reclaiming energy that otherwise would be dissipated. With hand cranks (like the folding cell), you have to go out of your way to crank or pump. With this, you just walk.

    Oh, and it took me quite a while to figure out your question, but no, the Wendy’s comment isn’t about neri. I ordered a bacon mushroom melt from wendy’s that day and it was bleccch!

  4. shiro says:

    well… give that design to the Japanese or the Scandinavians, they’re much better at putting things to market.

  5. BrianB says:

    Here, ROM, from one of my blogs. Just a concept for now:

    Cellphone charger thru bike:

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