2008 Galleries

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Galleries // 2008 Spark:Pro // The Protons

The Protons

Winner - Silver

Competition: Spark:Pro
Designer: IDEO Designs On Design Team
Design Type: Product, Sustainable
Company / Organization / School: IDEO

The Protons are a set of playful toy monster lamps that both educate and animate: they light up and glow when they are charged, by way of human-powered interaction. By directly relating human effort to light output, we can communicate the process behind, and the value provided by, energy production. To operate The Protons, the user pulls a cord repeatedly for one minute, which yields three hours of illumination—just the right amount of time to light the journey into dreamland. The Proton is a renewable light source and earning tool that tangibly connects effort in with energy out.