Eat a few too many cookies over the holidays? Feel like that New Year’s resolution to get in shape might be more of an uphill battle than you bargained for? Have we got a gadget for you. Dutch designer Emmy van Roosmalen has released a conceptual design for a belt that can turn your flabby gut into pollution-free electricity.
Bearing a striking resemblance to those stomach fat vibrator machines that promised to shake away the pudge, this concept is far more sophisticated than those torture devices. Using nanotechnology, van Roosmalen says this device would convert those extra calories into chemical energy can be used to power your personal electronics.
Van Roosmalen claims that the belt would contain artificial protocells that could mimic natural brown fat. These fat cells are specialized to produce heat. The belt would taking the energy from white fat and converting it into Adenosine-5′-triphosphate (ATP). “Eat what you want at dinner, and give up that gym membership for good. Energy Belt cuts down on electricity costs while you cut down on size,” claims Van Roosmalen.
According to the NANO Supermarket, the feasibility of this idea is “medium.” We think that’s pretty generous, but there’s no doubt that a device like this would be revolutionary, especially the vastly obese United States. A trim midection without doing the crunches…We can dream, right?