1.12.06

On the Electric Mill


My Sara loves to read (that's her lounging out above). She especially loves to read about energy. She also loves to talk about it.

So, recently we were having a deep conversation about the energy needs of the world, and she and I got a brainstorm...

What if... what if every fitness center in America could harness the human output... of every stationary biker, weight lifter... just by some little invention that channeled the energy (kind of like the wind mill idea) and stored it, or reused it right there at the center?

I read an article on energy recently that talked about the huge difference that many little energy savings could make. So... why not make a huge difference with many little energy outputs?

We thought it would be a great marketing ploy too... Lose weight, gain energy for America! Now, the world can wait for Sara to grow up and invent this little energy-capturing device, or somebody out there can do it right now. Why wait?

Photo by Sonia Barkat, age 7.

8 Comments:

Blogger Christianne said...

What a great idea! Your daughters are brilliant.

12:35 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

That, or they just have more time to dream than other kids. :) They happen to be homeschooled, and it's a very rich experience.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Charity Singleton said...

I think the idea is inspired and very motivating. And human energy is quite renewable!

4:50 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Yes, wouldn't that be great motivation to get on down to the fitness center? Weight loss and good deed, all in one. :)

5:59 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Funny enough whilst at the fitness studio it has crossed my mind about the ammount of energy that could be harnessed from the machines. When your daughter invents the 'converter device' the world will be a cleaner & greener place :)

8:33 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Haddock... see? Great minds think alike. :)

10:49 AM  
Blogger Mark Goodyear said...

I read this idea in a collection of science fiction stories recently. Or maybe it was in Wired.

At any rate, your daughter's onto something. I bet it happens in the next ten years.

(And I'm flattered that you list me as an earth loving friend!)

10:39 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Oh, that's so cool! Maybe I am raising a genius. :) (Or just someone who could write great sci-fi or be a journalist for "Wired.")

2:43 PM  

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