I see the power in people. Not only do I mean that in the sense that people are capable of spectacular things, but also in a very literal sense. The human body is a marvelous machine, a construction of chemical and mechanical wonder that has been(and hopefully continue to be) in a long developmental process.
As much as I enjoy science fiction, I believe that humans should be more integrated with the technology we've developed. The world probably isn't yet ready for cyborgs, but they're ready to carry around things like iPods, cell phones, notebooks, and various other pieces of technology that enable them. But what if we could turn that around. Instead of humans being enabled by technology, allow the technology to be enabled by humans.
My proposition is this; 'Why not use people as power?' I don't mean by connecting them to some elaborate machine and j****** them into a virtual world(Reference, if you don't get it
). I mean harvesting the vast amount of mechanical energy that our bodies exert naturally every day, by moving around, getting around and doing the things we do in our routine.
My idea is to harvest the energy exerted by our bodies as we move. It's obviously not optimal for each and every individual person, but there are very large numbers of very good candidates that gather en masse every year. Several times of year.
According to these people
, some of the largest marathons in 2009(in the US) were as powerful as 43,000 people, and they were just the people that finished! Now imagine a similar marathon, where 43,000 people were equipped with light-weight devices that generate power as they run. I'm working on making such a device based on the concept of magnetic induction that captures that motion.
I'm struggling a lot with it. I've mentioned(read: complained at myself) that I'm not very well educated. If you're reading this and have resources, or personally know something about harvesting mechanical energy on a small scale, let me know. Power production fascinates me, and I'd love an opportunity to talk to someone more learned regarding it.
One of the things I have used a lot are rechargeable batteries. My health is a personal concern of mine, so I started thinking of a way I could charge batteries and get more exercise at the same time. I did a little research and began working on a design for something like this, and then I thought big. Any thoughts on the idea would be hugely appreciated.