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Hamsters in jackets produce energy

By T.K. Randall
February 24, 2009 · Comment icon 8 comments



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The biomechanical energy produced by hamsters as they exercise has been harnessed through the use of a detector jacket. The same technology could one day allow devices to be powered by human movement.
Scientists have managed to harness the energy-producing power of hamsters by fitting them with tiny detector jackets. The devices are strapped to the animals as they run on their cage wheels, capturing the biomechanical energy they release as they exercise. Experts believe the technique could one day be used to capture power produced by humans. "


Source: The Telegraph | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by AGoodWriter 14 years ago
So humans are going to run around a wheel?
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
So humans are going to run around a wheel? Nah, we humans are much more modern. It'll be the treadmill.
Comment icon #3 Posted by AGoodWriter 14 years ago
Nah, we humans are much more modern. It'll be the treadmill. Ahh I see. Not much difference but still.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Bearly 14 years ago
Sounds like a premise for Matrix 4 - humans will be fitted with these jackets and live their lives on the treadmills, creating energy for the machines.
Comment icon #5 Posted by clubfoot 14 years ago
This is really going to worry the current energy providers. I can see the 'recipe' now: Take 1 electric car. Add one husband to drive. Insert wife as power source. Attach nano-generator to perpetual motion unit (wife's jaw). Insert key and turn to engage. Driver stirs gently by aking why last night's dinner party hosted by the power source was such a dismal failure. Perpetual motion unit is now engaged. Accelerate. N.B. * In order to initiate turbo-charger, driver must flip 'toggle switch' by asking why her best friend tried to come onto him last night? * In order to brake, make suggestion of ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Purplos 14 years ago
I have always thought hooking up some power cables (whatever they need) to all the treadmills and exercise bikes and stair climbers in all the gyms could power our country. Why not put on a little jacket or whatever when you exercise and harness energy?
Comment icon #7 Posted by AGoodWriter 14 years ago
I have always thought hooking up some power cables (whatever they need) to all the treadmills and exercise bikes and stair climbers in all the gyms could power our country. Why not put on a little jacket or whatever when you exercise and harness energy? New job. Energy generator
Comment icon #8 Posted by Rojiva 14 years ago
Would be nice to resupply your mp3player or mobilphone on the go with just your movement. More technology to reduce FAT PPL! :O


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