Turbine-Free Wind Power

I loved this short animation by Buck/Antfood, which was recently featured on NYTimes.com to coincide with with the print version of their 2010 Year in Ideas issue.

The video mesmerizes the viewer with its playful geometries, yet does not distract from the message.
The animation demonstrates a technology proposed by Dr Francis Moon, a professor at Cornell who has written about and researched extensively non-linear and chaotic vibrations. The mechanism produces power through a grid of pads that “attach to piezoelectric materials that produce electricity” as the pads rustle, or vibrate, in the wind.

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