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Old 05-13-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe. This futuristic scenario is now a little closer to reality. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to generate power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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I need one on the bottom of my mouse to charge the batteries!!
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Hey, there is an idea. All that clicking and moving the mouse around is bound to have the ability to create energy. Maybe even the tapping of keys. And if there's some speakers going, then that could also create energy.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:05 PM
 
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The bottom of the rockers on my rocking chair.

Tires?
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:19 PM
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How about a tube in office chairs that collects the methane and turns it into useful fuel?

And ya gotta know that PETA will have to protect those poor innocent viruses from being stepped on...
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Texas
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How about clothes that generate static.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Lead/Deadwood, SD
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Then all that "stress" on the virus causes it to mutate - it collects the energy from pressure and releases it all at once electrocuting the user.

Ok - so that thought makes me chuckle a bit.
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Southwest Arkansas
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If so I could power a whole city right now
Stupid cold
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