The Future is Now! RC Car “ene Cargo” Runs On Coke with Sony’s Bio-Battery
(This article was originally posted in Japanese at 18:47 Jan. 18, 2010)
You might have seen NOKIA's green phone concept that runs on Coke. Unfortunately it was just a concept mockup and we haven't yet seen an actual working model. But something similar to the Coke Phone might come out in near future.
Working models of radio control car and some other toys running on sugary drink were on display at TOY Forum 2010, using Sony's bio-battery currently in development.
Videos and pics after the cut!
"ene Concept zone" of Takara Tomy's booth introducing green toys.
"ene" stands for Entertainment New Energy.
"Leftover drinks will power your toys."
The line of green toys run on Sony's bio-battery(not yet commercial) that generates electricity from carbohydrates (sugar) in a way that is similar to the processes observed in living organisms. They run on Coke, Sprite, 7 Up, basically any sugary drink, but grape juice is the most efficient according to previous studies.
At the booth it was demonstrated by a propeller working on Coke. 3ml of sugary drink will run the propeller for about an hour.
YouTube - Propeller powered by Coke
The battery generates electricity through the use of enzymes that break down carbohydrates (glucose in this case).
So it's essentially how your body runs on food .
The performance of Sony's bio-battery is improving. They managed to double the power-generation-per-volume in 18 months.
RC car "ene Cargo" co-developed by Sony and Takara Tomy. Looks sort of like some kitchen equipment, but maybe this is what the cars of the future look like.
It's a prototype, but looks neat enough to go commercial.
YouTube - RC Car "ene Cargo" running on sugary drink
"ene pocket Drink Cube" concept.
Drink Cube is the generator cube(left) that can be attached to toys.
See the propeller run on Coke.
YouTube - "ene pocket Drink Cube"
In future you'll be able to run all sorts of toys on leftover sugary drinks.
These look really fun and educational, especially since the speed/running-time of the toy depends on what drink you use. Hope they'll go commercial soon.
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