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Swings Let Its Riders Generate Electricity

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Oporto- and Berlin-based design collective Morodavaga has built swings that generate electricity.

Based on the principle that swinging produces energy, as each swing moves back-and-forth by its user, the bicycle chain attached to it turns a dynamo—generating electricity to power the lighting below the floor.

The low-tech installation—entitled ‘Swing’—is made up of traditional hemp rope, wooden beams, bicycle chains, wheels, dynamos and lights; and demonstrates that there’s not necessarily a need for high-technology to solve complex problems.

Could swings in neighbourhood parks be used to generate electricity in the future?

Swing was created for the Pop Up Culture program by Guimarães, in Portugal.


[via moradavaga, video via Dezeen]
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