Famous designer Philippe Starck recently revealed he felt a certain shame that all the things he'd designed were not essential for living. This turbine, which he designed with the help of generator company Pramac, can theoretically provide a single home with 20-60% of all the electricity it needs. The name, which needs work, or at least the prefix "turbo" in front of it, is "Democratic Ecology." If the performance is indeed true, at $633, it's actually a steal and I'd order one right now. [inhabitat via Boingboing]
$633 dollars my ass. maybe for the piece that he's showing, but there are other things (like the generator and regulation/distribution stuff) that would have to be bought. i find it incredibly difficult to believe that suddenly the capital cost of residential wind power has dropped from $12000-$15000 to $633.
on a side note, the original article states that $633 is "not realistically within everyone's budget." while i admit that there is a very small percentage of people who this wouldn't help, basically everyone who uses electricity would benefit from this thing at $633. too bad it's not really real. starck is just playing us all for fools!