Natural Energy Park

This playground--designed by Hyundai engineering and construction--is part jungle gym and part renewable energy science experiment. After climbing a ladder into a laboratory, kids can spin a wheel that will illuminate “Benjamin Franklin’s kite.” An optical illusion will spin at varying speeds as children adjust a solar panel to different angles. Pedaling a bicycle powers a pinwheel and illuminates lights around the structure. Hyundai calls this the “Natural Energy Park” and it looks like a lot of fun.

Empower Playground

Mixing fun and helping people, http://www.empowerplaygrounds.org" target="_blank">Empower Playgrounds is a non-profit organization that provides electricity-generating
playground equipment to villages in Ghana that are too remote to be on their nation’s electricity grid. The school children gain a playground as well as safe, rechargeable LED lanterns to light their homes so they can do their homework. Additionally, the play equipment doubles as part of a hands-on science lab that brings science concepts into their daily lives.

Empower Playground

Mixing fun and helping people, http://www.empowerplaygrounds.org" target="_blank">Empower Playgrounds is a non-profit organization that provides electricity-generating
playground equipment to villages in Ghana that are too remote to be on their nation’s electricity grid. The school children gain a playground as well as safe, rechargeable LED lanterns to light their homes so they can do their homework. Additionally, the play equipment doubles as part of a hands-on science lab that brings science concepts into their daily lives.

Empower Playground

Mixing fun and helping people, http://www.empowerplaygrounds.org" target="_blank">Empower Playgrounds is a non-profit organization that provides electricity-generating
playground equipment to villages in Ghana that are too remote to be on their nation’s electricity grid. The school children gain a playground as well as safe, rechargeable LED lanterns to light their homes so they can do their homework. Additionally, the play equipment doubles as part of a hands-on science lab that brings science concepts into their daily lives.

Empower Playground

Mixing fun and helping people, http://www.empowerplaygrounds.org" target="_blank">Empower Playgrounds is a non-profit organization that provides electricity-generating
playground equipment to villages in Ghana that are too remote to be on their nation’s electricity grid. The school children gain a playground as well as safe, rechargeable LED lanterns to light their homes so they can do their homework. Additionally, the play equipment doubles as part of a hands-on science lab that brings science concepts into their daily lives.

Empower Playground

Mixing fun and helping people, http://www.empowerplaygrounds.org" target="_blank">Empower Playgrounds is a non-profit organization that provides electricity-generating
playground equipment to villages in Ghana that are too remote to be on their nation’s electricity grid. The school children gain a playground as well as safe, rechargeable LED lanterns to light their homes so they can do their homework. Additionally, the play equipment doubles as part of a hands-on science lab that brings science concepts into their daily lives.

Giraffe Street Lamp

A mix of a streetlight, a swing and a giraffe, this conceptual project harnesses the kinetic energy produced each time someone swings back and forth on its seat to power a super-efficient LED light. As a backup to the kinetic energy supplied by people, the Giraffe uses an elevated solar panel hood to soak up the solar variety, storing it in a battery for later use.

Giraffe Street Lamp

A mix of a streetlight, a swing and a giraffe, this conceptual project harnesses the kinetic energy produced each time someone swings back and forth on its seat to power a super-efficient LED light. As a backup to the kinetic energy supplied by people, the Giraffe uses an elevated solar panel hood to soak up the solar variety, storing it in a battery for later use.

Kidetic Playground

Industrial designers imagined the Kidetic Playground to bring science and understanding together. The play space encourages kids to be more aware of their energy consumption by allowing them to produce their own electricity to power playground lighting at night. Three essential elements of that playground include a jump rope (anchored at one end), a teeter-totter, and a see-saw, all hooked up to a dynamo capable of delivering juice to batteries that power the play area’s lighting after dark. According to the designers, each of these units is capable of generating 31.5 watts of energy for every hour of play.

Kidetic Playground

Industrial designers imagined the Kidetic Playground to bring science and understanding together. The play space encourages kids to be more aware of their energy consumption by allowing them to produce their own electricity to power playground lighting at night. Three essential elements of that playground include a jump rope (anchored at one end), a teeter-totter, and a see-saw, all hooked up to a dynamo capable of delivering juice to batteries that power the play area’s lighting after dark. According to the designers, each of these units is capable of generating 31.5 watts of energy for every hour of play.

Kidetic Playground

Industrial designers imagined the Kidetic Playground to bring science and understanding together. The play space encourages kids to be more aware of their energy consumption by allowing them to produce their own electricity to power playground lighting at night. Three essential elements of that playground include a jump rope (anchored at one end), a teeter-totter, and a see-saw, all hooked up to a dynamo capable of delivering juice to batteries that power the play area’s lighting after dark. According to the designers, each of these units is capable of generating 31.5 watts of energy for every hour of play.

Kidetic Playground

Industrial designers imagined the Kidetic Playground to bring science and understanding together. The play space encourages kids to be more aware of their energy consumption by allowing them to produce their own electricity to power playground lighting at night. Three essential elements of that playground include a jump rope (anchored at one end), a teeter-totter, and a see-saw, all hooked up to a dynamo capable of delivering juice to batteries that power the play area’s lighting after dark. According to the designers, each of these units is capable of generating 31.5 watts of energy for every hour of play.

Kidetic Playground

Industrial designers imagined the Kidetic Playground to bring science and understanding together. The play space encourages kids to be more aware of their energy consumption by allowing them to produce their own electricity to power playground lighting at night. Three essential elements of that playground include a jump rope (anchored at one end), a teeter-totter, and a see-saw, all hooked up to a dynamo capable of delivering juice to batteries that power the play area’s lighting after dark. According to the designers, each of these units is capable of generating 31.5 watts of energy for every hour of play.

Piezoelectric Playground

The Piezoelectric Playground, a temporary structure designed by Margot Krasojevic for a park in Belgrade, Serbia, was conceived of as both a playground and a bandstand. Whenever agitated by movement and vibration – wether it’s from kids playing, trucks rattling or airplanes overhead--the structure’s glass-clad canopy lights up in holographic, flashing patterns, illuminating whatever is happening beneath.

Piezoelectric Playground

The Piezoelectric Playground, a temporary structure designed by Margot Krasojevic for a park in Belgrade, Serbia, was conceived of as both a playground and a bandstand. Whenever agitated by movement and vibration – wether it’s from kids playing, trucks rattling or airplanes overhead--the structure’s glass-clad canopy lights up in holographic, flashing patterns, illuminating whatever is happening beneath.

Piezoelectric Playground

The Piezoelectric Playground, a temporary structure designed by Margot Krasojevic for a park in Belgrade, Serbia, was conceived of as both a playground and a bandstand. Whenever agitated by movement and vibration – wether it’s from kids playing, trucks rattling or airplanes overhead--the structure’s glass-clad canopy lights up in holographic, flashing patterns, illuminating whatever is happening beneath.

Sustainable Light Swing

The Light Swing is an interactive light installation powered by kinetic energy. Created by Guilherme Pena Costa and Ingrid Gabor, the swing is meant to bring people to playgrounds at night, bringing new energy to public places. All the energy used to light the LEDs is powered directly in response from the swinging action, making the installation both fun and energetically sustainable.

Sustainable Light Swing

The Light Swing is an interactive light installation powered by kinetic energy. Created by Guilherme Pena Costa and Ingrid Gabor, the swing is meant to bring people to playgrounds at night, bringing new energy to public places. All the energy used to light the LEDs is powered directly in response from the swinging action, making the installation both fun and energetically sustainable.

Sustainable Light Swing

The Light Swing is an interactive light installation powered by kinetic energy. Created by Guilherme Pena Costa and Ingrid Gabor, the swing is meant to bring people to playgrounds at night, bringing new energy to public places. All the energy used to light the LEDs is powered directly in response from the swinging action, making the installation both fun and energetically sustainable.

2012-06-25

Co.Exist

6 Future Playgrounds That Harness Kids’ Energy While They Play

Kids have boundless energy. What if that energy could be put to some use besides just running around and having a good time. These new jungle gyms convert play to power.

Power to the people, and power from the people. When IBM came up with a list in 2011 of the five technologies it thinks will change the world in five years, kinetic energy--power from people--topped the list. Advancements could come, they say, from developments in devices that might harvest power from your shoes, your exercise, and even the soccer ball you kick. Green gyms are also cropping up. And now the idea has come to playgrounds, where kids’ movement can be harnessed and funneled into powering schools and toys.

For more on the future of playgrounds, check out 8 insane playgrounds, schools, and libraries of the future.

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  • j birch

    There is a big philosophical difference between
    such a device that harnesses spare energy or draws energy therapeutically or
    beneficially, such as a swing, merry-go-round, stationary bike, punching bag
    orthopedic carpet, or body cooler,
    and those that merely act as a 'user tax'
    such as a turnstile or revolving door generator which makes it harder to use & provides no
    'user' benefit (no matter where the energy goes).
    See also the third world development program that attaches a village water pump
    to a children’s merry-go-round.