This interactive smart sidewalk produces footstep-generated electricity
The Pavegen system is a pedestrian walkway that uses weight from footsteps to compress electromagnetic generators below the walkway.
If this technology was implemented at a large scale, the energy generation potential is enormous.
In specific, the technology has the ability to produce 2 to 4 joules of off-grid electrical energy per step. This is not a huge amount of energy by any means; however, if you multiply this by every step taken by every pedestrian on the walkway, the end result is massive.
In addition to producing electricity, these high-tech pedestrian walkways may be an important component of the smart city of the future.
Equipped with interactive systems, the walk way can interact with those who are walking upon it via low-power Bluetooth beacons.
Retailers can even offer rewards based upon user movement or interaction in their stores.
Pavegen can also connect with building management and retail platforms to track pedestrian or shopping movement to track trends over time. This aspect of the technology is admittedly concerning…
That being said, if it is used responsibly, companies and cities can use this data to optimize experiences for shoppers and pedestrians.
In addition, Pavegen can be used in an educational context. For example, students can walk on a similar platforms in interactive learning exercises and museum goers can learn about what they are seeing and experiencing in real-time depending on their location.