One small innovation can make a big difference. Here, designer Chang-Chi Shih is rethinking the street light so that it works a little harder.
We've all been there, whacking that button that promises to change the traffic light in our favor so we can cross. So why not channel some of that "energy" into playing Pong instead?
Here at Dvice we've reported on a variety of alternative street lamp designs. We've seen kinetic powered versions and solar models, but this glowing green lamp is a first. This prototype streetlamp is powered by a hardworking species of algae.
There are solar-powered street lights and even trash-powered lamps, and now here's one powered by you and me. With exercise equipment attached to a streetlight, the kinetic energy the user expends is transferred into batteries that partially power the energy efficient LED lamps in the light system.
We've seen a lot of new eco-friendly designs pop up in street-lights these days. Designers and urban planners are fast figuring out that street-lights are a drain on a city's electrical grid, so why not try alternative resources. Do you think a light powered by a giant swing set is alternative enough?