Turbine-Free Wind Power

This short animation by Buck/Antfood was featured on NYTimes.com to coincide with with the print version of theirĀ 2010 Year in Ideas issue. There are a few other excellent animations in the feature (especially the Armored T-Shirt) but I like the mesmerizing geometries of the Turbine-Free Wind Power because they reminds me of Charlie Harper. The animation diagrams 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.


January 20, 2011