Thursday is Favorite Invention Day


There is a special place in my metaphorical heart for innovation. I love it when I come across videos which summarize the latest invention or life hack of the day, and I’ve even posted many of them here. So, I reasoned, why not make it a regular thing? So, from now on, I on Thursdays I will post a video or a link which details a new invention that I love, whether it is to do with the environment, biomedical technology, a repurposing of an existing item, or simply a household invention that I find amusing.

To kick things off, I would like to bring attention to an invention that four Italians came up with that recently won a Startup Europe Award in the Italy – Energy category.

As that implies, this is one of those environment-related inventions. I’ll let the video explain.

For those of you who can’t/don’t have time to watch the video, here is the gist.

 

They’ve invented a tile that can convert the kinetic energy of stepping on something into electricity. According to their SEUA submission, the tiles are made from renewable sources, will be waterproof, can blend in with common floors almost imperceptibly, and can recharge a smartphone battery with 10,000 steps. If you install them in high traffic areas like museums, train stations and shopping malls, you can imagine how much of a dent you could put into the energy consumption of such places.

I absolutely love this, as it is taking advantage of energy that we already expend on a daily basis. I often wondered why gyms are not all hooked up in such a way that the energy produced by people cycling away is not harvested to put a dent in their own electricity bill, and this concept follows a similar yet far more elegant line of thinking.

The company is called Veranu, and I wish them all the best. If this startup makes it, it will be yet another small but important step towards the conversion to clean, renewable energy.

Comments

  1. says

    Funny to read this, I have been lurking for years, and now I happen upon this item. I work for a competitor of Veranu, we have long ago decided against piezo, which is what they are using. No ROI is possible, we have a system that works with electro-kinetic. Also currently not financially viable.
    Therefore we have moved to a hybrid system, Smart, interactive, walkable, solar panels. And when needed some kinetic tiles as addition.
    If you want to know more, let me know.

  2. seachange says

    I thought this would be about super-tough solar panels.

    I put a lot of newtons on the tip of my cane when I walk. Either this breaks the tile or it wears me out? Get the energy from an actual star instead of me.

    American stadia smell of beer, it gets spilled and then tramped around like mad. These tiles may be waterproof, but are they ethanol-proof?

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