Turn the lights on by walking,

There’s a lot of foot congestion around these days, and we might as well put it to good use. Pavegen are making flooring that produces electricity when you walk on it.

The weight of each footfall compresses generators, that then create energy through electro-magnetic induction. Designed to be placed in areas with high footfall, Pavegen is already installed in over 100 locations world-wide, including walkways at Heathrow Airport, and a football pitch in Rio.

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Pavegen can also sync up with the lights around them – making sure the areas where you walk are always well lit. Its smart technology can integrate with apps and devices – giving reports of activity and footfall.

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Currently Pavegen’s technology is only used in public spaces – making the most of high activity spaces. There’s no word yet on when or if it will be developed for private business and homes, but there’s no question it would be useful.

If you could power your home for half a day just off your toddler running around the house, why wouldn’t you?