Bathroom Scale Generates Electricity and Recognition for Student Inventor
The business community often advocates "thinking outside the box" and we think we've found some inspiration for that with our next guest. When he learned of a British company that had come up with a floor tile that generated electricity when it was stepped on, he was disappointed to learn that it only worked if stepped on in the center and that one tile cost almost $4,000. So he set out to produce an inexpensive, reliable pedestrian-powered electric generator with common materials, such as a bathroom scale...and he succeeded, all while keeping up with his high school studies.
Mike Switzer interviews Martin Lap Yin Li, a student in the Discovery Science & Math Program at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC. Martin's invention won him the 2014 Young Innovator Award from Innovision, South Carolina's technology awards program.