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COOL: An inventor has designed a device that would generate electricity from people running in it.

A Lebanese inventor has designed a device that would generate electricity from people running inside it, Monterey County's The Herald reports . Nadim Inaty has drawn up plans for Green Wheel, or, as it's more prosaically (and perhaps insultingly) called on a design firm's site, Human Hampster Wheel for Energy. The wheel has a 3-meter diameter. Runners would enter it and rack up the miles; while they did so, steel cylinders would capture the kinetic energy and store it. Inaty claims that running on Green Wheel for 30 minutes would generate enough watts to power a laptop computer for two hours or a compact fluorescent light bulb for five hours. In Inaty's dream scenario, multiple Green Wheels would feed into an electrical storage unit that could power nearby street lamps or traffic lights. The design has sparked an engaged discussion on the Yanko Design website , which hosts...

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