Designer Philippe Starck got a bit petulant last spring, looked back a lauded career in design and proclaimed it all "unnecessary." I've been known to traffic in those same fruitless feelings of hopelessness about gadgetry myself, cathartic as they may be. So share my smile, I hope, as Starck introduces the "Democratic Ecology" wind turbine, a partially transparent plastic generator that he hopes to sell for about $630.
Starck, along with manufacturer Pramac, estimate the turbine can generate between 20% and 60% of a typical home's energy needs. I think it's a grand melding of aesthetics and practicality; I hope to be installing one on my roof when they are released in September.
(I'm blissing over questions of how one would actually incorporate this into their existing power infrastructure without either dumping right into a separate battery-backed circuit, but whatever! Love will find a way.)