Kinetic Pinwheel Concept Lights Up For Good, Green Fun

It’s a pretty little concept design for green boys and girls, demonstrating the energy that’s all around us: the Solarlight pinwheel toy.

Of course, this device–which makes of a simple light-up tube, a rotor, see-through plastic blades that spin (apparently without harming youngsters) and a nacelle that translates kinetic energy into electricity–is operated, like a pinwheel, by the wind. Therefore, we’re with Yanko Deisgn on this one: why is it called the Solarlight, and not the Windlight? Or even the Kineticlight, considering kids can spin it themselves? We’re assuming there’s been some sort of translation error.

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image via Yanko Design

Green toys like this may seem like nothing more than the work of a few designers amusing themselves, but we think these sorts of gizmos could have a real effect on the next generation. After all, how many nuclear physicists of Richard Feynman’s generation played with DIY radio sets as kids? We see toys like this inspiring a generation of green tech innovators.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.