Playground Energy – Kids Can Generate Electricity While Playing
One day I was at the playground near our home with my little boy. So we headed towards there and when the toys appeared on the horizon, I sаw the flames in my son’s eyes. He couldn’t even wait till we get there. He rushed towards the playground and started jumping, climbing, sliding and running all around the place. He was like a little toy with a pair of brand new and fresh batteries installed. I said to myself ‘Wow..! This kid is running like crazy…’ And obviously most of the kids there had clasped the same attitude and behaviour. We all know that these little guys and gals have endless energy to spend. This fact has inspired a Bulgarian entrepreneur to find a way for utilizing this power.
Hristo Alexiev is the founder and the manager of the innovative technology company Playground Energy. The company is developing new generation of toys, that can make outdoor games more fun, educational and on the first place – useful. The main business idea the company was build around is utilizing the infinite energy of the little boys and girls while playing.
Kids don’t sacrifice their gaming experience and in the same time they generate electric power, which can be used for many different purposes – from powering the lights on the playground to supporting wi-fi Internet there.
This innovative and a little bizarre business idea has been gaining popularity not only in Bulgaria, but all around the word. One of the first products of Playground Energy is a spring toy, inside which is placed a small generator that uses the kinetic energy from the rocking motion of the toy and generates low voltage electricity, which can be used for many different things. Its price is around $540, which is relatively acceptable regarding its benefits. This toy is only the beginning. Many international investors got interested in the business, and it has already received a few hundred thousands of seed funding.
These power generating toys are also intended to help us cope with childhood obesity, which is has been getting bigger and bigger problem around the Earth. According to a recent study, more than 18% of the children in the United States are overweight. Such contemporary toys could steal part of the attention paid to video games and redirect it to playing outside.
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