Bizarre to Best: Sixteen People-Powered Gadgets & Vehicles

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Photo by Dano via Flickr

Contemplating the simplicity of antique drills and hand-cranked turntables, we can gain inspiration for powering our everyday lives from old-world inventions spurred by the desire for efficiency. Today, many companies are exploring human-powered options for common devices. And while people-powered home heating and cooling is likely a long way off, many other simple daily tasks can be energized with a little human exertion.

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Sun Power: Jet Fuel for the 21st Century?

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By Irargerich via Flickr

Airplanes and jets have become part of everyday life since the first flight more than a century ago.  Solar aviation, on the other hand, is finally nearing perfection after decades of exploration.  The first functional solar cells were introduced in 1954 – 2 decades later, in 1974, the first solar powered airplane made its virgin flight.  The small-scale model was the first of many attempts to power aircraft with the sun…

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