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Design a new way to power something you use everyday.

Take a look around you. Something YOU use or do every day could be powered differently.

Your challenge this week is to DESIGN A NEW WAY TO POWER something you use everyday. Maybe it's your mobile phone. Maybe it's the light you use to read at night.

Your solution should be cheaper, or more sustainable, than your current power source.

It's an ambitious challenge -- but you're an EVOKE agent. You know that even if you fail, you can learn from your efforts... and maybe even inspire someone along the way.

Your objective: Design a new way to power something you use every day.

Share your design in a blog post, video or image. For legendary honors, make your idea real -- and show us in photo or video your brand new power source in action!

This objective is worth +10 resourcefulness.

Get credit for your evidence! After you submit your evidence in a blog post, photo or video, go to the newly posted evidence page and log your evidence for this objective. Then you'll receive credit on your profile page!


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Comment by Maria Sylvester on April 22, 2014 at 11:03pm

Replace all my lights with energy efficient LED light bulbs.

Comment by Laci Whaley on April 17, 2014 at 10:44pm

I would create some form or energy that would allow me to use my blow drier without wasting energy.

Comment by MIchael Blake Yungmann on April 17, 2014 at 12:20am

I would design an iphone charger that stops charging when the iphone has charged to 100%. This would cut off the electricity usage from having the phone plugged in all night. With all of the iphones that are used daily, can you imagine the amount of energy we all could save by having a cell-phone charger that does that?

Comment by Kevin Herzog on April 9, 2014 at 4:07am

I would design a better version of solar panels that cover your roof and power your entire house's electric system. The ones they have now are very expensive so I would make them affordable to the everyday person.

Comment by Abigail Griffin on March 4, 2014 at 5:12pm

Everybody moves, so my idea to power the electronics around us would be to harbor the energy from movements. As soon as people wake up they are moving: they have to get ready for work or school (taking a shower, eating breakfast, getting dressed, etc.) then once they are at work or school they continue moving, whether it is walking around, typing, writing, or talking. All of these movements would acc**ulate throughout the day and could be used to power things like cell phones, lap tops, and other devices.

Comment by Eric Connor Lieberman on December 13, 2012 at 9:55pm

I would create a hair brush that creates energy with every stroke, because think of how many people brush their hair.

Comment by Clayton Broom on December 9, 2012 at 7:53pm

My idea would be a mobile phone that can send a signal to power your nearest device... Say a computer. It would only be an emergency source of power though. The real energy would come from the solar energy panels that could be very easily made with recycled metals.

Comment by Mary Crawford Esslinger on December 7, 2012 at 1:57am

Comment by Mary Crawford Esslinger on December 7, 2012 at 1:57am

I would create wheels for cars, bikes, motorcycles, or any vehicle. As they spun, they created energy harvested in a small pluggable pouch that has a universal plug used for anything.

Comment by Rob Brannan on December 6, 2012 at 4:49am

I would create shoes that generate power that can be plugged into wall sockets. Since everyone walks then everyone will have energy. Also, it would cut down on obesity leading to a more healthy world!

Comment by Brittany Pearson on December 4, 2012 at 9:42pm

I would try to put "electirc" pumps at local gas stations. Also, it would be a good idea to try to make a car out of recycled mats. I mean, we can make shirts and pens out of this stuff, so why not a car?

Comment by Robert Paul Keener III on November 30, 2012 at 9:49pm

tax breaks for windfarms and convincing the private industry that the next green innovation will be the next money-maker

Comment by Ellie Addington on November 4, 2012 at 8:51pm

I would make cabinet/door hinges that produce energy every time that you open and close the cabinet/door. I think that this would make a lot of energy. Think about how many times you open and close things every day!

Comment by Brian Hill on November 2, 2012 at 2:10am

I would convince major gas stations such as Shell, Chevron, Texaco, etc. to add plugs at every station to convince more people to buy electric cars. This would conserve non-renewable energy such as gas and oil a ton.

Comment by Steven Jackson on November 2, 2012 at 1:33am

I would make a house that makes energy by the heat waves in your body would charge the house.

Comment by Medardo Vazquez Cruz on October 19, 2012 at 9:44pm

If I were to change an everyday use item I would change the way a car works. I would change it by making it solar powered and at night if possible we'll make it wind powered and if all else fails we can try and make it run on vegetable oil!!! This can possibly reduce water pollution.

Comment by Brian Adam Smith on October 19, 2012 at 2:47am

i would make a car that is made out of recycled stuff. this idea would reduce the amount of trash in the landfills and would make cars cheaper and more affordable.

Comment by John Smith on October 19, 2012 at 2:16am

I could attatch a solar panel to my cell phone. I could maybe make a way so that something could be powered off of humidity or heat as well. Something that could run off of flowing air through it is another idea.

Comment by Peter Thomas Duncan on October 19, 2012 at 1:58am

You could use your main doors around the house that you push in and out providing energy.This idea could provide tons of energy for houses or just lamps near the door.

Comment by Lauren Keen on October 19, 2012 at 1:27am

everyday people all over the world use laptops and we use power/electricity to power them and give them energy. Instead if wasting energy by plugging them in we could find another way with renewable energy like wind, and solar power to power our laptops.

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