Windbelt: The Ribbon Wind Generator
The band vibrates back and forth, and tiny magnets at each end take the place of a conventional spinning generator. We’re thinking about the functional and artistic potentials: imagine entire facades of skyscrapers or homes covered with tiny wind generators: buildings would shimmer in the slightest breeze while generating electricity. (We’re hoping they don’t make much noise, but that would be an obvious limitation to their use en masse in proximity to buildings.)
Check out a higher-quality video and more detailed description at Popular Science.
Thanks to engineer friend Lora!