Treadle computer

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Creator:
strages
Status:
gathering materials
Born On:
10:04, 13 August 2013 (CDT)
Last Updated:
12:51, 18 April 2014 (CDT)

Overview

A treadle (foot pedal from an old sewing machine) powered computer. Got the idea from The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. The idea of a user powered computer seems like a great way to stay on task when one sits down to use it. You'll sit down and type up that e-mail instead of watching youtube videos for a half hour.

Needed

  • treadle
  • low power computer
  • low power display
  • small battery or capacitor bank
  • circuit to detect the absence of voltage in and send a signal to the computer to hibernate to disk.
  • serial connection to computer

Design options

Direct

  • configure wheel as a generator

Belt driven

  • configure wheel to drive a motor with a belt

Notes

Final design

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