This objective has been the most difficult for me so far. I admit, I thought it would be hard to work up the courage to carry out my plan for ACT2
, but this one has been harder. My skills center on organizing people, helping groups to achieve actual results, and making communication between people smoother -- not on inventing things. I can be resourceful, and when I have a small need I can figure out a way to meet it with supplies I have on hand, but electricity sources just feel like they are beyond me.
I am so amazed when I read about inventions like the sOccket
or the wind belt
, or clever ideas like Sayel Cortes' "save some heat for later
" idea. They just seem so simple after someone points them out, but I know the leap to get from not having an idea, to having an idea, is a great and wonderful thing.
I did not have that leap for this project. I tried sketching out some Rube Goldberg
-esque inventions, but they didn't lead anywhere interesting. So I thought maybe I'd get a little hand generator and power my cell phone for a day, but that's not really inventing anything, so I didn't think it was in the spirit of the game. Then I tried staring into space for a while, and I suddenly realized my sewing machine was on the corner of my desk, in my line of sight. So here's my crazy, probably unworkable idea that combines several of the things I was musing about:
The cord from my sewing machine goes to the foot pedal, of course, but also to a Mysterious Black Box in the Wall. Another Cord goes from this box up the wall to the Roof, where it plugs into Mysterious Black Box #2. This box is attached to a Panel and the panel is covered in Wind Belts! When the Wind blows, it powers the Wind Belts, which power the Mysterious Black Box #2. One or the other of the Mysterious Black Boxes -- it's a little unclear which -- stores up the power so that when I want to make quilts or pajamas, my sewing machine is ready to go!
If someone out there wants to capitalize on this idea, I will gladly split any proceeds with you, 50-50. Hah.