Walking IS Power

Check out what some smart fellas over at MIT are working on, Project: Parasitic Power in Shoes. Basically, they are researching the feasibility of generating small amounts of power by harnessing the energy lost in our locomotion. Its clever, green and very, very cool.

This is sort of another take on the concept of harnessing all that wasted power at health clubs of people on stationary machinery. Bikes, stairclimbers, treadmills, the people working out on them are using energy that could be captured and returned to the grid or used within the gym. It could also be used as a means of tracking and helping to encourage longer and more intense workouts. Give each member a card to track their power production and publish top producers and give them prizes and you've got an instant power generating station!