Potenco hit the ground running - or more accurately, pulling – at the 2007 WIRED NextFest in September. The annual event, held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, features some of the world’s most exciting and innovative advances in technology. And while there were plenty of break-dancing robots and head-scratching gizmos at NextFest, we were most excited about the many innovations in green technology.
Potenco was lucky enough to be among those featured in the Future of Green Pavilion, where we had the opportunity to show off our pull-cord generator (PCG). Rather than simply telling people about the PCG, we wanted visitors to create power on the spot. So we hooked up four generators and put folks to work. From pint-sized school-children to muscle-bound adults, everyone was able to generate lasting, clean energy using the PCG. Who knew creating power could be so much fun? Over the course of the event, visitors blasted out a total of 210,788.8 Joules using only their own two hands and our yo-yo generator. That’s enough to power 14,638 songs on an iPod Shuffle, five and half days of talk time on a cell phone, or more than a week straight of LED light. And if we spent less time yapping with visitors and more time letting them pull the PCG, we could have produced even more energy. People seemed to love the PCG’s ergonomic design, durable casing, and massive power output. But more importantly, people were giving us great ideas on what else we could power. In fact, we were so blown away by their ideas that we want to keep it coming. So… what would you power with the PCG? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the end, NextFest proved to be an exhilarating (albeit exhausting) chance for us to get in front of you, create some genuine People Power, and discuss the dynamic ways that you can power your world. If you missed the event and want to learn more, be sure to sign up for our newsletter at www.potenco.com/contact-us.