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You will be able to power your home with energy you create yourself.
Anything that moves or produces heat has the potential to create energy that can be captured — walking, jogging, bicycling, the heat from your computer, even the water flowing through your pipes. Advances in renewable energy technology will allow individuals to collect this kinetic energy, which now goes to waste, and use it to help power our homes, offices and cities.
Imagine attaching small devices to the spokes on your bicycle wheels that recharge batteries as you peddle along. You will have the satisfaction of not only getting to where you want to go, but at the same time powering some of the lights in your home.
Created energy comes in all shapes and forms and from anything around us. IBM scientists in Ireland are looking at ways to understand and minimize the environmental impact of converting ocean wave energy into electricity.

Recently, IBM unveiled the sixth annual “IBM 5 in 5" (#ibm5in5) a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during  the next five years. The list is based on market and societal trends as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s research labs around the world that can make these transformations possible.

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