Have you ever want to do something that was the exact opposite of what Michael Jackson was doing? Wait, wait. Let me reword that. Did you ever watch the video for “Billie Jean” and think that walking down a street of things that light up when you touch them, though a novel concept, is a major waste of energy. I mean, it was the Reagan era, so wasting money was kind of like breathing and eating, but still. What if there was a way to walk down a sidewalk and instead of it lighting up, it would create the power needed to light something else, like a street lamp?
Eco-genius Laurence Kemball-Cook and his team at Pavegen have done just that. The Pavegen system itself, from a layman’s point of view, is a series of ground-level platforms that build and store kinetic energy that is turned into electricity, simply from people walking on top of them. Or dancing on top of them. When this kind of “why didn’t I think of that?” idea becomes actual technology, the brainstorming seems like an endless task. Assuming the expenses are within reason, this could revolutionize our everyday lives.