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When it is dry and you are scuffling around in rubber soles, you often build up a big charge of static. The question then is what to do with it. It seems a shame to waste that good spark. The temptation is to sneak up behind someone and touch his ear. There needs to be a better solution.
a self contained desktop electrostatic motor. Unlike most ungainly and delicately balanced electrostatic motors, this would be substantial enough to survive a fall from the desk. It would have a copper point on the top which you could touch to deposit your charge. It would be plugged in but would only use the ground. Inside there would be a "Love Tester" type apparatus which would rise up as long as your charge lasted. This would no doubt provoke competitions. Alternatively there could be a chimp on a bike who would pedal furiously when he was shocked.
Electrostatic motor plan
This things is fine, but it is hard to balance it, and don't you dare move it or look at it wrong if you ever get it working. [bungston, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]
Like this, with monkeys?
[Worldgineer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]
||//The question then is what to do with it.// I used to shock customers in the shop I worked in, when I handed over their change. It made everyone happy (well, that's how I remember it).
||I do that too, and I work selling computer parts ...
||Sweet link, [World]! Yep, just like that, except available at Sharper Image, and not so delicate, and not a priceless antique. And incorporating a "Love Tester", dammit!
||You could run this off of your monitor screen.