Sunday, September 11, 2005

Walk, for thou shalt be given electricity!

Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
- Morpheus (in The Matrix - As quoted here)

The latest issue of Science has an article about generating electricity while walking with loads: I got the link from here.

The idea seems to be to use 'the vertical movement of a heavy load in the gravitational field during walking' to generate electricity (italics mine). How heavy is heavy enough? Anywhere between 20 and 40 kgs. The bottomline: 'electricity can be generated metabolically more cheaply than anticipated' - This reminded me of that classic movie The Matrix. Is it that I just am paranoid? Do you think it's air that you're breathing now?

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