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Dancepants - keep running or the music stops

The Dancepants kinetic music player concept could make you move if you want to groove
The Dancepants kinetic music player concept could make you move if you want to groove
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The Dancepants kinetic music player concept could make you move if you want to groove
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The Dancepants kinetic music player concept could make you move if you want to groove
The player is connected to the ankle area
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The player is connected to the ankle area
The music player is sized to fit into the front pocket of the Dancepants
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The music player is sized to fit into the front pocket of the Dancepants
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The Dancepants kinetic music player concept could make you move if you want to groove

When did running get so complicated? Remember the good old days when going for a run was as easy as changing shoes and heading out the front door? Now, there’s a plethora of running gear and gadgets - ranging from heart rate monitors to state-of-the-art running shoes. It seems that not many runners leave home without their MP3 players either, but would they be prepared to work hard for their music? The Dancepants kinetic music player is a new design concept that would see runners harnessing their kinetic energy to power their music player. Yep, you’ve got to keep moving to keep grooving.

The Dancepants kinetic music player concept was a short-listed entry in Designboom’s Green Life competition. Designed by Inesa Malafej and Arunas Sukarevicius from Lithuania, the music player uses the energy from your running or dancing steps to keep the music playing and the battery charging. It appears to work by a series of connected components – a lead travels from a coin-sized disc near the ankle of the pants to the circular music player in the front pant pocket and on to the ear buds. Not sure if this concept will get off the ground – what do you think - would you be prepared to move for your music?

Via Inhabitat and Ecouterre

1 comment
Knut Scott Lindsley
My wife, the runner, stated that the benefit would be that stopping at a red light and hearing the traffic would be great. As long as the music started once you got moving again it would be a great safety feature.