A Workspace Powered by Sitting

June 28, 2012 · Print This Article

Swedish Designer Eddi Törnberg has designed the best human-powered work station we’ve seen yet considering unlike other concepts that require you to do things like ride a bike while you’re working, it doesn’t require a person to do anything more than sit and work. The project, called “Unplugged,” powers the various gadgets we use to work — laptops, lamps, etc –through our small constant movements and body heat.

The desk chair is equipped with a metal

seat that gets hot as a person emits body heat, but the underside stays cools through a pattern of metal fins. Electricity is produced through the Seebeck Effect where an electric charge is created when a material is hot or warm on one side, but cool on the

other.

The other energy-harvesting part of this set up is a rug that lies under the desk that is outfitted with piezoelectric crystals […]

[Source] Cynthia

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