The Motion Of A Train Drawn By A Train

Station to Station is a project that brings "cultural interventions" to nine cities around the U.S.. Basically it's a tricked out train with lots of art installations and other pieces on board. And when the train stops in each city, there are additional local events planned. If you want to see what goes on on the… » 9/15/13 7:25pm 9/15/13 7:25pm

A Bench That's Part See-Saw, Part Slinky

This fun and flexible furniture is called a polymorphic bench and it has a unique mechanical design that will change shape when someone sits down on it. » 9/29/11 10:00pm 9/29/11 10:00pm

These Energy-Scavenging Batteries are Powered by All Vibrations, Not…

With the amount of vibration and movement a typical car suspension endures on a drive, you'd think someone would try to harvest that energy with kinetic generators. Whaddya mean MicroGen Systems already did that? » 8/26/11 1:00am 8/26/11 1:00am

Play a Game of Billiards On This Incredible Kinetic Sculpture

Made from colorful junk, Andrew Smith's sculptures all perform amazing kinetic feats. I like how this one in particular resembles a donkey, or some other four-legged creature which has billiard balls running up and down its length. [AndrewSmith via DesignBoom] » 11/30/10 4:00pm 11/30/10 4:00pm

nPower PEG Kinetic Charger Juices Your Devices While You Move

The nPower PEG charger "harvests" your kinetic energy as a source of renewable power, allowing you to keep your phone or other small device running while away from outlets. Running, biking, or even just walking will keep the electricity flowing. » 8/03/10 5:20pm 8/03/10 5:20pm

This Is How Last Generation Fighter Jet Helmets Work

I always thought that last generation fighter combat helmets—like the Eurofighter Typhoon's Head Equipment Assembly or the F-35 demon helmet—tracked the pilot's head position using gyroscopes. It turns out that they are more Kinect than Wiimote. » 7/30/10 4:20pm 7/30/10 4:20pm

Dancepants MP3 Player Makes You Run for Your Music

Shortlisted in Designboom's Green Life competition, the conceptual Dancepants Kinetic Music player would "motivate you to move your feet in order to hear your music." Better shuffle about while taking that breather, or no pump-up tunes for you. » 11/18/09 9:40am 11/18/09 9:40am

Kinetic Phone Charger Concept Generates Juice With Jogging

The premise behind Lola Mensa's Cargador De Celular is pretty simple: By the time you get back from a morning run, you'll have enough power stored up to keep your cellphone charged for the rest of the day. » 8/02/09 5:00pm 8/02/09 5:00pm

Secret Kinetic Rocket Fire Balls Can Create Hell Anywhere

They are secret. They are kinetic. They are made of rubberized rocket fuel. And they fire up destroying absolutely everything they come across, bouncing through bunkers, filling buildings with extremely hot flames, obliterating everyone and anything inside with fierce heat. The Pentagon officially calls them "kinetic… » 11/12/08 11:14pm 11/12/08 11:14pm

Dragon Power Station Harnesses Kinetic Energy From Passing Vehicles to…

Terry Kenney's Dragon Power Station prototype works by harnessing the kinetic energy of trucks passing over plates buried in the road and turning that energy into electricity. The system he's got set up now in the Port of Oakland, with 2,500 trucks passing over it in a day, is enough to power 1,750 homes. It's a very… » 5/01/08 2:00pm 5/01/08 2:00pm

Cuckinetic Clock Tells Time Rube Goldberg-Style

I'm always fascinated by kinetic sculptures, which is why I like this clock by painter and sculptor George Rhodes. You tell the hours from the numbered cylinders that're picked up on that wheel, and the minutes from the pointer arm. It strikes the hours when the cylinder rolls down the track and hits a bell. I'd love… » 3/25/08 10:45am 3/25/08 10:45am

Quadband GSM Wristphone from Epoq Charges Kinetically

The EGP-WP88 from Epoq is the first GSM wristphone that actually looks like a watch. Waterproof to 50 meters, the WP88 has a kinetic recharge system, meaning you can charge it just by walking around, and boasts a 1.3-megapixel camera, OLED display, plays MP3 and MP4 files and can transfer data via either USB or… » 2/19/08 4:11am 2/19/08 4:11am

Magic Cube Heralds the Future of Gaming and Human Interfaces

Nobody really knows what the future of human interfaces and gaming will look like, but Andrew Fentem—who went from working on classified missile systems to developing multi-touch human interfaces, kinetic surfaces and motion sensing technologies before almost anyone else in the planet—gave us a fascinating vision on… » 2/08/08 12:00pm 2/08/08 12:00pm

Design: Kineticel, the Human Powered Battery Charger

One of the ideas submitted to the Next Generation competition featured in Metropolis Magazine was this Kinetic Energy-harnessing battery charger by Yael Miller. The concept is to take something we're already doing—such as working out, flopping around in a baby rocker, vacuuming, or flushing the toilet—add the… » 9/21/07 12:59pm 9/21/07 12:59pm

MIT Plans to Steal Your Energy to Light Public Buildings

Two MIT grad students want to install devices in public buildings that generate electricity from footsteps. They want to install a type of floor that will power train stations and other commuter-heavy areas. The problem is that this energy has to come from somewhere - you. This type of floor will depress slightly when… » 7/26/07 7:34am 7/26/07 7:34am

Kinetic Mobile Phone Patents Convert Coffee to Battery Power via You

Similar to these cellphone concepts, this kinetic phone patent allows cellphones to be charged by movement. Sure, kinetic recharging is great for watches, where power consumption is low, but cellphones? Sounds iffy. » 2/23/07 7:00pm 2/23/07 7:00pm

Fossil Unveils Kinetic Watch

Kinetic watches are one of the coolest timepieces available and if you haven't enjoyed one, we suggest starting with this baby from Fossil. There are two models available, the FS4171 (left) and the FS4132 (right) and both of which retail for $95, which is pretty considerable for a nice kinetic watch. » 6/20/06 12:15pm 6/20/06 12:15pm