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Eight Marvelous Human-powered Gadgets

With the earth slowly running out of present fuel sources, a high demand exists these days for alternative power sources. The focus of this article is on gadgets that power themselves or other gadgets by taking advantage of the energy we spend walking, cycling etc. Here is a list of some interesting human powered gadgets:

With the earth slowly running out of present fuel sources, a high demand exists these days for alternative power sources. Currently, there exist many solar powered and water powered gadgets. But, the focus of this article is on gadgets that power themselves or other gadgets by taking advantage of the energy we spend walking, cycling etc. Here is a list of some interesting human powered gadgets:

YoGen MAX

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The YoGen MAX foldable laptop charger enables you to charge your laptop with your foot motion. You can generate power to charge up the internal 12V 1,500 – 3,000 mAh lithium ion battery with your foot motion.

Cyclean

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The Cyclean is a pedal powered washing machine designed by Alex Gadsden. This machine is currently in a prototype stage and had been used for local demonstrations.

Human powered Gym Equipment

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The Green Microgym in Portland, Oregaon is aimed to install specially adapted exercise bikes that recycle energy generated by people while their work outs. It has teamed up with a Texas-based company, Henry Works for developing Human Dynamo. The device connects several exercise bikes with a battery that stores the energy generated by people as they work out. The stored power is then utilized to power appliances.

Jump Rope – Human powered battery charger

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Jump Rope, the human powered battery charger is designed by Jooyong Kim and Sungkyung Kim. This device enables you to recharge any compatible batteries while you are jumping. Just unscrew the caps of the handles, insert the rechargeable batteries and re-cap the handles. Then start jumping/skipping to charge the batteries as well the as small display on each handle that reveals the number of burned calories and the amount of charge accumulated in the batteries.

RollerGen

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RollerGen is a bike mounted power generator designed by Santa Clara. The device generates as much as 30 watts of power while you pedal your bicycle. The generated is stored in a small battery and can be used to power any USB gadgets and mobile phones. But it is quite expensive being priced at $495.

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker

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The Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker is a ball which helps you make ice cream while playing. Just put ice and rock salt into one end and all other ice cream ingredients into another end. Then play and kick with this ball for 10 to 15 minutes so that the mixture becomes soft ice cream. It is available for $17.17 – 129.99.

Skinny Player

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The Skinny Player is a band aid shaped device designed by Chih-Wei Wang and Shou-His Fu. The self-sticking player is ideal for people who want to listen to music while they are exercising without carrying a player or headphones. It has flexible speakers and a play-stop button.

PEG – Personal Energy Generator

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PEG, the personal energy Generator is developed by nPower claiming that it is the world’s first personal energy generator. This device is capable of generating energy by using kinetic energy to recharge your gadgets and electronic devices. Measuring 23cm in length, it can fit into your pocket or briefcase. PEG is compatible with more than 3,000 electronic devices and available for $149.

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Comments (5)

Those are great modern inventions. I haven't heard of them either.

Really great inventions - very nice article. I want the laptop and battery chargers!

I'd love to have one of these.

Any more? I loved this and didn't know many of them existed. You didn't put a price on the YoGen MAX - any idea how much it is? Thanks

Valli, you certainly did your homework on these inventions. Fascinating.

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