K-TOR has added a new portable charging device to its lineup. The new Power Box puts your legs to work toward converting kinetic energy to electricity. Use it enough and you might just get your weekly workout. It is quite simply a pedal-powered generator equipped with a dual-pronged outlet so that you can plug in an AC adapter and charge your device directly from your leg power. The box works for devices rated 20W and below, including low-power netbooks, tablets, smartphones, video devices and portable game systems.
If you were a puzzle fan in your childhood or if you simply love building things, you now have the chance to make a most surprising combination: a power-generating exercise bike out of a washing machine. So you get a double effect from a work-out: great legs and power for your house!
A regular routine will get you support for, let’s say, a 50W consumer and a 21” monitor. You basically need a washing machine motor and an old bicycle as basic parts, but also a bridge rectifier, an old UPS and a battery, a 20-gauge wire angle, soldering iron and a cheap multimeter. A soldering and a welding setup will definitely come in handy and don’t forget to bring in an angle grinder with cutoff wheels.
So you pedal an exercise bike at home. That is a good cardio-vascular workout, besides making you feel less guilty about the portion of fries you ate with your burger last evening. Many exercise bikes come with attachments to read your heart rate and and display the calories burnt. The muscular effort is used in overcoming friction in the bike drive and is dissipated as heat. Instead of wasting the the muscular energy as heat, it is possible to convert it into electricity as your contribution to the cause of green energy. The electricity generated will be in the 50 watts to 300 watts range, enough to light a bulb , run a fan or power your laptop but won’t make a significant difference to your utility bill. It is an easy do-it-yourself gadget and is good for a few bragging points with your friends and neighbors.
We all are aware of the fact that of our environment is getting degraded day by day. It is time that people should start thinking of doing some projects by themselves so that the environmental conditions are improved. It involves transforming junk into something useful just by being a bit creative. Plastic bags and floppy disks can be re-used instead of throwing them out and let them pile up. Some methods are as follows.
The world is going green and the technology developed these days is mainly focused on protecting environment and natural resources by using renewable energy resources. These energy resources are proving to be better alternative to fossil fuels and other kind of energy resources that pollutes and damages environment. These renewable energy resources can be sun that gives sunlight, wind, tides etc.
The existence and development of this renewable technology have provided a ray of hope to the normal people in the world who look for a clean and greener world. It’s all up to the citizens and government that can help in spreading this green electricity generation technology.
Imagine how a a love of cycling might be combined with a British version of the great American drive-in cinema screening. . Welcome to the outdoor cycle-in cinema, where people rock up on their bikes, and connect them to a generator that powers the show.
The UK’s first cycle-in cinema appeared at The Big Chill in 2007, provided by Magnificent Revolution, a collective of about 10 engineers, artists, and environmentalists. Since then, screenings are popping up at festivals and in arts spaces all over the country. Check out Manchester-based Pow Wow Pedal Power, Bristol’s Spoke ‘n’ Chain, The Bristol Bike Project and Electric Pedals, which has taken cycle-powered cinemas to Brighton, Womad and locations around London.
A lot of effort has been made to generate energy and electricity by human efforts. The motivation behind this technology is as we consume energy so we should also generate energy. Now, we have successfully designed and developed several pedal powered machines that can perform our day to day activities. Bicycle pedal and cranks have made notable contribution in generating energy that is purely ecofriendly allowing us to get rid of post carbon problems.
The pedal powered machines are designed largely to make use of bicycle generating energy by just cycling for few seconds. Here is a list of 10 fantastic machines that are powered and give the intended results with a pair of bicycle pedals.
What is it?
When scientists discovered that power generating houses are the leading polluters of the world, coupled by the fact that the electricity tariff has sky-rocketed, a demand came in from the money-conscious customers out there, for a cheap source of power to light their homes. Then the engineers out there thought, why not all be health conscious as well?
So, why not convert some extra calories in you belly, to electricity. This idea is being implemented to help produce power by utilizing a bicycle. Many of you will consider it to be something far-fetched and impractical. Many of you may give pleasant arguments. But, one thing is for sure. Nothing can limit the progress of technology. This is what is dealt in the piece of work.
Machines have evolved in complexity and efficiency for over thousands of years, along with our technological advancement. This journey started with the human powered machines constructed to meet our basic needs. Those days, machines that depended on pedaling with hands or legs were much in vogue. However, this trend was thwarted by the growth of the idea that energy obtained through fossil fuels can power machines for better results. However, recent developments promise the return of the era of pedal-powered machines.