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45 Devices for Human Dynamos

Kinetic Contraptions that Yield Rewards for Physical Effort

— January 7, 2009 — Autos
There are a couple of ways that human beings can power devices. One is to use physical force, like pedaling or pushing to transfer energy through a mechanical system to do work. The second way is to use movement to create electricity which is collected or routed to do work. Either way, work gets done.

The following cluster offers a collection of tools and devices that leverage physical output in one way or another. You’ll find some are familiar, some are bits of “ah ha,” and some are downright brilliant.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Eco Mowing Gets Hip
Eco Mowing Gets Hip
The AL-KO 30 Manual Mowing Machine
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44
Pedal to Properties
Pedal to Properties
House Hunting by Bike
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43
Pedal-Powered Compost Turners
Pedal-Powered Compost Turners
Clean Energy for Green Gardens
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42
Pedal Pubs
Pedal Pubs
Everybody is a Designated Driver
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41
Pedal-Powered Blimps
Pedal-Powered Blimps
Eco English Channel Crossing
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40
Eco-Friendly Universal Remote Controls
Eco-Friendly Universal Remote Controls
The Wind-Up Remote
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39
Ferrari Pedal Car
Ferrari Pedal Car
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38
Cycle on Water
Cycle on Water
Shuttle Biking: Pedal in, Paddle Out
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37
Crank Powered Gadgets
Crank Powered Gadgets
The Eco-Friendly Thanko Cranking MP3
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36
Eco Gadgets
Eco Gadgets
Wind Up Shavers
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35
Emergency Hand Crank Radio Phone Flashlight Siren
Emergency Hand Crank Radio Phone Flashlight Siren
Eton Voice Link Radio
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34
Pedaler Powered Billboard
Pedaler Powered Billboard
120 Volunteers Charge Campaign
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33
Stand and Cycle Biking
Stand and Cycle Biking
ElliptiGO Glide Bicycle
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32
Walk To Create Electric Energy
Walk To Create Electric Energy
Pioneer Shoe
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31
Guerrilla Gardening
Guerrilla Gardening
'Bloom' Seed Spreading by Bicycle
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30
Bike-Powered iPods
Bike-Powered iPods
Cannondale iPedal?
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29
Motorola PVOT
Motorola PVOT
Charged Via Hand Crank (For Developing Countries)
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28
Energy-Generating Revolving Doors
Energy-Generating Revolving Doors
NL Coffee Shop Harnesses Kinetic Energy
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27
Energy-Generating Flooring
Energy-Generating Flooring
Designpreneur Fuels Eco-Energy Goals WIth POWERleap
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26
Merry-Go-Rounds As Water Pumps
Merry-Go-Rounds As Water Pumps
PlayPumps Demonstrate Fun Ecopreneurship
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25
$100 Laptops Now Online
$100 Laptops Now Online
Amazon.com Sells Hand-Crank Laptop
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24
Retro Baby Pedal Cars
Retro Baby Pedal Cars
1930 Pink Ford & More Vintage Rides
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23
Audi's Ultra Luxury Pedal Car
Audi's Ultra Luxury Pedal Car
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22
Kinetically Powered Flashlights
Kinetically Powered Flashlights
Shining a Light on the Self-Powered ShakerScope
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21
Bizarre Bicycles
Bizarre Bicycles
Peculiar Pedal-Powered Designs
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20
Kinetic Energy Keyboards
Kinetic Energy Keyboards
The Dynamo Green
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19
Stepcylce
Stepcylce
Don't Pedal. Step, With the 3 G Stepper Bike
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18
Shopping Cart Bicycles
Shopping Cart Bicycles
The Cartrider
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17
Pedal-Powered Coffee Retailers
Pedal-Powered Coffee Retailers
Bikecaffe
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16
Powering Gadgets by Walking
Powering Gadgets by Walking
Kinetic Energy Devise
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15
Charge Batteries While You Walk
Charge Batteries While You Walk
Knee Brace Dynamo
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14
Energy-Generating Subway Station Floors
Energy-Generating Subway Station Floors
East Japan Railway Harvests Power from Commuters
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13
Pimped-Out Bicycles
Pimped-Out Bicycles
Dekochari Pedal Craze Sweeps Tokyo
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12
Charge by Movement, Not Batteries
Charge by Movement, Not Batteries
Atlas Kinetic Phone
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11
Smart Kinetic Energy Generation
Smart Kinetic Energy Generation
Revolution Revolving Door
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10
Cars Fueled by Fitness
Cars Fueled by Fitness
The GYM Lets You Pedal There and Row Back
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9
Hand Crank Cell Phone Chargers
Hand Crank Cell Phone Chargers
Must-Haves in Earthquake Prone Areas
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8
Solar Pedal Boat
Solar Pedal Boat
Jonathan Mahieddine's Eco Design
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7
Kinetic Eco Gadgets
Kinetic Eco Gadgets
The Shake MP3 Player
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6
Arm-Powered Quadcycles
Arm-Powered Quadcycles
The Champiot Will Pump You Up
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5
Flinstone Inspired Pedal Car
Flinstone Inspired Pedal Car
Twike Electric Hybrid
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4
Pedal Power Charging
Pedal Power Charging
The 1Liaisaon Eco Boat
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3
Light Bulb Door Handles
Light Bulb Door Handles
The Knob Light Uses Kinetic Energy
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2
The Sky Cycle
The Sky Cycle
Pedal-Powered Roller Coaster
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1
Green Children's Toys
Green Children's Toys
SEE Toys Charge by Crank
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