How could people become their own renewable source of energy?

This workshop was held during the Interaction Design Workshop Week at the Higher Institute of Product Development in Antwerp, Belgium
29.01 - 02.02.2007


A growing number of everyday objects are now fitted with electronic features, making them dependent on standby energy sources. Mobile devices, toys, alarm clocks use up mountains of batteries each year.

While technology so far has been developed towards a state of minimum human effort, this workshop now explores the potential of using the human body itself as a renewable power source.

Some questions this workshop asks:

How could humans become their own renewable source of energy?

How many people could you possibly network into a power grid?

What kind of new energy cooperations would need to be established among strangers when one human power is not enough?

How does the personal power input change the way we interact with everyday objects?

For actively saving resources, we try to use mainly recycled materials and integrate their aesthetics as part of the design language.