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Jool

"Electrical circuits are a deceptively simple system that have long been plagued by a seemingly impenetrable fog of complexity."
Year
2011

Jool was thought up to help demonstrate energy harvesting technology being researched at UC Berkeley. This was created as a joint effort by Jake Rogers and myself. The wall text and piece title follow the images.
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In process shots.

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"Research into the field of energy harvesting allows us to translate the power of that handshake through a special nano-fiber glove, which can convert the motion into an electrical voltage."

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Piece Title: hi-fi V

Wall Text:

"Ideally, high-fidelity equipment has minimal amounts of noise and distortion and an accurate frequency response."
-Wikipedia

Open up any given electrical appliance and most people will tell you they have no idea what they're looking at. Electrical circuits are a deceptively simple system that have long been plagued by a seemingly impenetrable fog of complexity. If we as a culture ever hope to implement the exciting possibilities presented in this exhibit, it is important to educate ourselves on how basic electronics work.

Energy is energy is energy. All forms of energy, be they electricity, motion or heat, are all essentially the same. An engine turns heat into motion, a generator turns motion into electricity and a toaster oven turns electricity into heat. No matter what form it takes, energy is still energy; why then can't we turn the motion and heat all around us, every day, into electricity? If windmills can power a city, can a bicycle power a cell phone? Can people walking up and down stairs power a lightbulb? What power is there in a handshake? Certainly there's some motion involved. The trick is in turning that motion into electricity we can use.

Research into the field of energy harvesting allows us to translate the power of that handshake through a special nano-fiber glove, which can convert the motion into an electrical voltage. This voltage must be stored somewhere, so the electricity is passed through a set of wires to a battery. Once the electricity is in the battery, it can be used for anything!