黄仁俊Scream if you want to... charge your phone.
Thanks to the wonders of science, riders on Thorpe Park's new attraction, The Walking Dead, can now power their smartphones by screaming loudly. That's because there are deviceson it that 'harvest kinetic energy'.
The Surrey theme park conducted research that showed that millennials' biggest fear is their phones running out ofbattery, so the device should prove popular.
All of the Walking Dead's carriages have been fitted with the harvesting devices, which not only suck upthe energy of screams, but that from g-force and vibrations, too.
The units are then removed from the carriages by staff and depositedinto an on-site mobile charging point.
Thorpe Park said: 'If thrill-seekers are brave enough to open their eyes, they will see a set of LED lights in blood red powering up as guests' screams become louder... throughout the spine-tingling 90-second experience.'
The 188mm x 188mm x 67mm device is jet black, 'blending intoits dark and mysterious surroundings on the roller coaster themed around the global TV phenomenon'.
Designedand installedby researchers at Queen Mary University London and the engineering team at Thorpe Park Resort, the technology took three months to implement, from design to installation.
It will be available at the theme park for an initial trial period. If this proves successful, the technology may become a permanent fixture for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Dr Joe Briscoe, School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London, said: 'This is an exciting concept that will undoubtedly be used more frequentlyin the future. The system uses a mini energy harvester to capture the kinetic energy, transferringit to a separate electrical circuit and storage unit, which is enough to charge a mobile phone.'
attraction n. 景点
device n. 设备
run out of 用光
suck up 吸收
deposit v. 放置
blend into 融入
design v. 设计
transfer v. 转化