Four young women who met in a Harvard engineering class came up with the idea to put an induction coil and magnet in a soccer ball. Kicking the ball around for just ten minutes will light a small led lamp for three hours or charge a battery. The invention will hopefully offset the use of kerosene lamps for reading. They are hoping for a buy one in the developed world - donate one to the developing world scheme. The ball donated will be manufactered locally in the country of use.
32 second video. According to the World Bank Millennium Goals Report, 2006 - 95% of the African people are living off-grid with no access to electricity.
Good News! State Farm is providing the opportunity for visitors (to a special FB page) to generate and donate over 2,000 sOccket™ balls.,
visit the Juega e Ilumina tab. One way is to watch and ‘like’ the
videos of Futbol Freestylers to add one minute of light to the
represented country. Another way is to play the featured game, Play
& Illuminate, (to play HIT THE BOTTOM of the SOCCER BALL) where you can choose the country you wish to send
sOccket™ energy balls and then play to donate. There is also a chance to
download a brand new iPhone app, Kick4ACause, which is a virtual soccer
game you can play to help donate sOcckets. Every 15 minutes of play
collected will result in one sOccket™ ball donation, so State Farm will
donate more sOccket™ balls when consumers play more.
The Japanese have announced they have successfully extracted methane from a methane hydrate reservoir 30 miles off Japan's east coast and 980 feet beneath the seafloor. They are the first to have achieved this feat.
We need to go back to nature in order to move forward. The Microbial Home is a proposal for an integrated cyclical ecosystem where each function’s output is another’s input. In this project the home has been viewed as a biological machine to filter, process and recycle what we conventionally think of as waste – sewage, effluent, garbage, waste water.
Greenpower Education Trust is an educational initiative established to offer schools an exciting way to introduce their students to green engineering. The young students design, build and race their own eco-race cars. By getting pupils hooked on engineering while they’re still young the project aims to inspire the next generation to develop solutions.
The Solar Roadways project is working to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. Their long range goal is to cover all concrete and asphalt surfaces that are exposed to the sun with Solar Road Panels. They plan to start off small: driveways, bike paths, patios, sidewalks, parking lots, playgrounds, etc. This is where they hope to learn lessons and perfect the system. Once the lessons have been learned and the bugs have all been resolved, they plan to move out onto public roads.
A Geminoid or twin-robot is designed to resemble a living person. It is controlled by an operator who through the use of advanced software can transfer facial movements and speech to the robot. For many years, robot technology has primarily been associated with factories and warehouses, but the days of thinking about robots as just 'tools' are over...