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Streetlights powered by footsteps

|26 January 2016|


A stretch of streetlights in Las Vegas is being powered by footsteps and the sun. LED lights harness power generated by people walking across a street with bespoke tiles built into it, which converts their kinetic energy.

New York startup Engoplanet is behind the innovative smart lights, which incorporate phone charging stations, WiFi, as well as a network of sensors for tracking vital information – such as air quality.

The Las Vegas pilot has been running for a couple of months. City planners will closely monitor its impact before deciding whether to roll it out to other areas.

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