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7. Advanced Techniques > 89. Harness Your Hamster to Power a Night Light

Harness Your Hamster to Power a Night Light

If your pet hamster drives you crazy with his nocturnal running-wheel marathons, you might as well have him power a night light that helps you find your way to the bathroom during the night.

The alternative-energy enthusiasts at Otherpower.com (http://www.otherpower.com) took up the challenge of advising a schoolgirl on a science project that posed the question, “Can a rodent running on an exercise wheel generate enough electricity to power a light?” The result is a working, hamster-powered night light.

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Not only is this a fun project, but also the clever solution embodies the spirit of smart home hacking: think creatively, use existing technology in new and interesting ways, and solve problems that enhance your living space. For the full back story about this project, and for more discussion about how the lessons apply to other alternative energy projects, visit Otherpower.com’s web site (http://www.otherpower.com/hamster.html).


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