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Hans, your category drove me bonkers: congratulations. Following is an attempt to convey to you the concept of capturing sonic energy via a physical device.
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It should be noted the following concepts regarding energy are highly theoretical and may very well be impossible.

Welcome to the energy transfer lab! There are lots of energies in this world man has begun to harness in an attempt to use fewer fossil fuels: solar, wind, geothermal, etc. Here we believe that one energy type has gone overlooked, by which we mean sonic energy. Here we will demonstrate the prototype for our newest sonic to electric (S/E) panels, also known as noisecatchers.



Imagine the sound of an airplane taking off, a rock concert, or a construction site. All create tremendous amounts of noise (sonic energy) that simply evaporates into the aether, going completely unused. Imagine if a simple panel could passively transfer those vibrations into electricity.



To your left are some standard size noisecatchers and to your right is our BFS unit. Let us demonstrate the concept of catching sound. Remember, at no point should you venture beyond the orange cones.* Better yet, just stay behind us.




We will start the speaker at 85dB, or about as loud as everyday city traffic...

We have captured roughly 8% of the sonic energy the speaker put out, converted it to electricity, and routed it back to the speaker, making it 8% more efficient! Also, the noise becomes 8% quieter, turning unwanted noise into electricity.


When we crank it up to--wait, we better put these on first.


When we crank it up to 115dB, or rock concert level, we see the panels capture 12%. Naturally, we will be manufacturing panels designed for specific frequencies and volumes. But just imagine, a show powered by it's own rock!


The S/E panel would change the very infrastructure of global civilization; the sound of the world could be plugged right back into the grid. You wouldn't have to route off shore wind power 100 miles to a useful location; it would be right there! The noise of a busy intersection could be stored and used to power the street lamps of the intersection at night. Maybe yelling at your iPod for being out of batteries might actually solve your problem...someday.

We hope you enjoyed the demonstration! We will see you in a quieter, greener tommorow!

Hey Frank, you want to do that thing with the dummy again.


You know it.


BOOOM! Haha, that never gets old.

For Round 4/Group A of "The Mob Rules" contest.

*I waited a long time for LEGO to make orange 1x1 plates so I could make cute little orange cones. Dreams really DO come true!



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  February 16, 2014
very cool
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  October 6, 2011
Nice cones!
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  January 10, 2011
WOW! i mean wow that is amazing
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  September 15, 2010
Huh. Imagine that. Thanks.
Quoting Tom Simon Great MOC. BTW: in reality, converting sound into energy is a fairly banal thing to do and has been understood for decades (see piezoelectrics). Regarding the orange cones: I'm glad you dream large. ;^}
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  September 15, 2010
Great MOC. BTW: in reality, converting sound into energy is a fairly banal thing to do and has been understood for decades (see piezoelectrics). Regarding the orange cones: I'm glad you dream large. ;^}
Alex Fojtik
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Captain Blackberry
  August 18, 2010
I just happen to know the best sonic energy source! Its the ultimate….....vuvuzela!!!!!
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  July 12, 2010
...This may be my new favorite MOC of all time. You really nailed this one. Fantastic job.
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  July 7, 2010
Great, I love the entire thing, good job. You almsot lost me at the concept of effeciency, but I get it, with the re-introduced power it would be easier to make the same amount of sound. But thats just it, its that same amount of sound, so more effecient, but not quieter. Oh, and btw, noise doesn't evaporate, its energy absorbed by the air molecules. =)
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  July 4, 2010
I like how almost every spot to put a Brick is covered!
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  July 4, 2010
I like how almost every spot to put a rick is covered!
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  July 4, 2010
I like how almost every spot to put a rick is covered!
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  July 4, 2010
I like how almost every spot to put a rick is covered!
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  July 4, 2010
I like how almost every spot to put a rick is covered!
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  July 4, 2010
All Lego?! Thats godly.
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  July 2, 2010
the cones are awesome! i really like lego's new crash test dummy minifig!
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  July 2, 2010
Great stuff. Love those orange cones.
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  July 2, 2010
nice
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  July 2, 2010
Yeh, wicked details mate...
Alex Fojtik
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Spartan 117
  July 1, 2010
Hey i like all of it even if its not real must have took you a while but its still great!
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  July 1, 2010
Funny!The MOC looks amazing and the idea of using sonic energy is smart!Could save the world from global warming (if the idea works).
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  July 1, 2010
this is a really cool scene ,,amazing job man,,,bravo
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  July 1, 2010
Haha cool idea and good humor. The interesting thing is that the sound on my computer doesn't work right now!
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  July 1, 2010
You know, if we could get a prototype of this together and bring it over to my house... put it in front of my wife... We'll solve the world's energy crisis in less than an hour! ~ Chris.
  July 1, 2010
if you care, im not sure if you can actually transform sound into energy because sound is waves, but if you could, some of the energy would be lost. A speaker could not power itself fully from its own energy, but it could require less power than normal, but there might be feedback. Cool idea though and great moc.
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  July 1, 2010
Oh man.....I have been racking my brain all week trying to figure out what to build and here you pull ahead with this amazing design and concept. That is excellent! I have a design in mind that parallels yours a bit with the capturing of energy, and now I'm stuck wondering if I should complete it or not. Good show! LOL
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  July 1, 2010
nice build, and the concept may actually work.
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  July 1, 2010
Quoting Sam Ellis Awesome work Alex. Very motivating for me too. Haha now I need to get a good entry in, and just for you, one with hardly any dialogue, let the Lego do the talking. Great entry, I really like the small details. -Sam
Yeah, I broke my own rule with this one, Sam. No problem if you dock me points for it. I really had a hard time representing this with LEGO, but I loved the idea too much not to try. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
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  July 1, 2010
Hah this was great! Good job on all of the details, liked your creative story!
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  July 1, 2010
Just don't use these near 10 year olds on Xbox Live. Their Xbox will run forever with this energy. Really like your build and your concept.
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  July 1, 2010
Excellent build, I love the levers on the control panel!
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  July 1, 2010
Excellent build, I love the levers on the control panel!
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  July 1, 2010
Beautiful techniques all around, friend. Using that turbine piece as an engine has become too much of a cliche, but using it as a speaker is quite brilliant. I've also been recently using orange cones for...well....orange cones for a project I'm working on. I'd say this is perfectly executed.
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  July 1, 2010
Awesome work Alex. Very motivating for me too. Haha now I need to get a good entry in, and just for you, one with hardly any dialogue, let the Lego do the talking. Great entry, I really like the small details. -Sam
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  July 1, 2010
Oh my....HAHAHAHA. Ok, the orange cones were very cool, I must say. Great idea, leave it to Hans to create some oddball category like this.
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  July 1, 2010
I finally get to see you build in one of my categories and you go and make my brain hurt! Me no likey smart talk! Very interesting idea that 'sounds' too good to be true. I mean, I 'hear' you, but the 'volume' of R&D involved really just 'mutes' the whole idea. *crickets* Anywho, great build with lot's of nice details. From the BFS(hmm, wonder what that stands for)to the yellow warning light(my fav little detail, almost unnoticed) to the 'Fun With Dummies', a great entry.
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  July 1, 2010
Nice dio, well detailed! But you know, I think those horns at the World Cup were measured at 135 dB.
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  July 1, 2010
Great start to the round Alex. It has just the right 'industrial' look - the cones and safety lines, the control panel. Really good job.
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  July 1, 2010
The dummies are the funniest parts in MOC's if you give them a funny purpose. I believe you hit 5 points for that! ~Ryan
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  July 1, 2010
Strangely enough, that might actually work in the real world. Put em up near runways.
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  July 1, 2010
Wonderful theory! And nicely done MOC, too. xD
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  July 1, 2010
Heheheh, very interesting idea. And nicely executed (I'm not just talking about the dummy here) ;)
 
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