Spark is a shaker that produces kinetic energy to power lights and charge mobiles in rural communities
According to Sudha Kheterpal, 12 minutes of jamming can produce enough energy to run an external USB light for one hour
Sudha Kheterpal has been testing prototypes with communities in Kenya and anticipates applications such as guiding school kids home in the dark and providing light for night time reading
Sudha Kheterpal hopes to distribute Spark to 1,000 Kenyan homes
Spark houses a magnet that moves through a copper coil as the instrument is shaken, creating a current and charging the battery
In 15 years as a percussionist with British electronica band Faithless, Sudha Kheterpal has spent countless nights energetically bashing away on cymbals, snares and high-hats. This has inspired her to wonder how the power of music could be extended beyond the flailing arms and shaking hips in the crowd. She has now teamed up with designers and engineers to develop Spark, a shaker that harnesses kinetic energy with the aim of bringing power to the developing world.
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