With society becoming ever reliant on energy to power a number of electronic devices, an Israeli graduate student has designed wearable jewelry that harnesses the body’s energy to produce power.
Naomi Kizhner has designed prototypes for three pieces of jewerly that harness the body’s energy to create electrical power. The devices consist of gadgets that harness the energy created by your pulse, blood and blinking. The most creepy of the designs is one that is embedded into the wearer’s veins. The “blood bridge” uses the wearer’s movements and blood flow to turn a small wheel inside the device, generating electricity.
The “blinker” is worn over the bridge of the wearer’s nose and harnesses the energy created as the person blinks their eyes. The “e-pulse conductor” is attached to the person’s body and detects the user’s pulse. The faster the pulse, the more energy produced.
Fortunately, Kizhner’s project was not designed as a solution to an energy crises, but rather a visual art project to show where our “energy addicted” society could be heading. The Higher Learner reports that Kizhner spoke about the project and noted that she wanted to “provoke thought about how far” society would go to feed their addiction to technology and energy.
“I wanted to provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in the world of declining resources.”
Kizhner says that with nonrenewable resources dwindling, she wanted to look at alternative energy sources such as the human body.
“I wanted to explore the post-humanistic approach that sees the human body as a resource… Will we be willing to sacrifice our bodies in order to produce more energy? My intention is to provoke a discussion.”
What do you think of Kizhner’s “energy addicts” project and jewelry? Do you think society would be willing to give up part of their bodies to satisfy their need for energy?
[Image Credit: Naomi Kizhner “Energy Addicts” Portfolio]