Angela Perrone, Renata Gaui, Xiwei Huang
Pawnetic Playground harvests the kinetic energy of dogs at play, and through a gear mechanism system it harnesses this energy and uses it to light LEDs for the space.
From Kibble To Kinetic: Harvesting Energy From Dogs at Play
Dogs live in world filled with playtime, walks and constant motion. What if there was a way to harness this necessary energy exertion and use it to light and delight? Pawnetic Playground© captures the energy that is used naturally by dogs at play and applies it immediately to a delightful experience for playful pups.
Inspired by the grid system and playgrounds, we have created a 4×4 grid play area made up of 6 rows of tiles.These tiles will use a system of gears and motors to capture the pressure put on the mats and use it to light up overhead spotlights. When the dog steps on a tile, it will push down on a gear shaft that then turns a round gear, that turns a shaft. The shaft spins a stepper motor that sends the current through a light bulb above.
Pawnetic Playground harvests the kinetic energy of dogs at play, and through a gear mechanism system it harnesses this energy and uses it to light the sky above the playground in a fun and delightful way.