How could people become their own renewable source of energy?

Riding Lawn Mower

Gaviotas' See-saw Waterpump


Table by Exploratorium



DIY related
Pedal Powered TV by David Butcher
Crank powered iPod shuffle by Philip Torrone
Pedal Powered Innovatons by Bart Orlando and HSU Students at CCAT
Human powered fluorescent light, Steve Spangler Science
Bicycle technology: Patent Pending Blog
Pedal Powered Ferris Wheels
Star Wheel by Paul Cesewski
Riding Lawn Mower
Free energy car by Jay Perdue
Walking Bus
Solutions in developing countries
Gaviotas, Wikipedia
Gaviotas, Social Design Notes
Architecture for Humanity: a charitable organization founded in 1999 to promote architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises.
MIT D-Lab: Development, Design and Dissemination, Spring 2005
Design studio course in which students work on international development projects for underserved communities

From this course: Pedal Powered Washing Machine (PDF) by Jenny Hu, Radu Raduta and Jessica Vechakul
Design that Matters (DtM): a worldwide system that enables the citizen sector, university students, and businesses to jointly innovate for social change.
Related: Kinkajou Power Challenge
Treadle Powered by Lindsey Cameron
Hippo Water Roller Project by Marjetica Potrc
Water Pumps from Water Encyclopedia
The Wire Road by EcoSystems
One laptop per child
Inveneo, a non-profit social enterprise in San Francisco
Commercial designs and ideas
Crank powered radios: example by Sony
Shake Flashlight by Britisheco
Urawaza Spin Ice (via Treehugger)
Yoyo Powered MP3 Player by Chris Aimone & Tomek Bartczak
Eco Tile by Bikram Mittra
Japan Rail’s people power (via Popgadget)
Human Powered Gym by Mitchell Joachim, Archinode Studio
Facility:Innovate, the energy harvesting company
Body powered headphones by Sony (article)
Imaginary designs
William Heath Robinson's illustrations of unlikely machines.
The Turk, a famous hoax which purported to be a chess-playing machine.
Panamarenko, Belgian Conceptual Artist
Is this your future? By Fiona Raby and Tony Dunne
Human power in numbers
Science of Cycling by Exploratorium
How stuff works: Could I power my computer or my TV with a bicycle generator?
Field mice: Human-powered wearable computing by T. Starner
Human powered bus by student organization W.S.V. Simon Stevin
Energy from human waste
Fuel from human waste by Suzanne Mooney of BBC Science
Human Feces Powers Rwandan Prison by Cyrus Farivar on Wired News
Electrical human bodies by Mixed Reality Lab of the National University of Singapore. Article on We make money not art.
Biologists invent power-generating backpack at University of Pennsylvania. Article on We make money not art.
Charging up the stairs, Architect Claire Price explains how to harvest the energy expended from footsteps and the vibrations from trains.
Article on We make money not art.
People Power: Capturing The Body’s Energy For Work On and Off Earth.
Article by By Erik Baard on
Power from blood could lead to ‘human batteries’. From The Sydney Morning Herald
News resources
Human Power News
Free Energy News/ Human Powered Energy Devices