A team of MIT undergraduate students has invented a shock absorber that harnesses energy from small bumps in the road, generating electricity while it smooths the ride more effectively than conventional shocks. The students hope to initially find customers among companies that operate large fleets of heavy vehicles. They have already drawn interest from the U.S. military and several truck manufacturers.

"Simply put -- we want this technology on every heavy-truck, military vehicle and consumer hybrid on the road." -- Shakeel Avadhany, MIT Senior