Dancepants Utilize Kinetic Energy to Power MP3s

Anyone who has ever been disappointed by the experience of running out of battery for their MP3 player while jogging, take note: in the future, your only option may be disappointment with yourself. A new green design concept shortlisted for the 2009 Incheon International Design Awards called Dancepants uses the kinetic energy generated by the movement of your feet to power an MP3 player, adding a whole new level to the concept of music as a work-out motivator.

Dancepants is the brainchild of Inesa Malafej and Arunas Sukarevicius of Lithuania, who said, in a statement, “the inverse dynamism of “Dancepants” motivates you to move your feet in order to hear your beloved music. And as long as you keep running or dancing you can be sure you won’t run out of battery.” And if your beloved music should start to fade away, well, it’s time to get a move on.

image via Designboom

image via Designboom

The 2009 Incheon International Design Awards were organized by Designboom in collaboration with Incheon Metropolitan City, Korea, and sponsored by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea, the Korea Institute of Design Promotion, and LG electronics, among others. The Dancepants concept was shortlisted in the Green Life category.

Dancepants [via Green Launches]

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.