Children Energy - Two Bulgarians brought the game at the playgrounds in the 21st century.2 April 2013
One of them is a serial entrepreneur, the other is a serial inventor. They don’t have an office and are the only employees in their enterprise. And with their last project Hristo Aleksiev and Ilian Malinov hope to change the game at the children playgrounds worldwide. For its success Playground Energy, that has won funding by the private equity fund Eleven, counts of the nipper’s energy.
The idea is simple: swings, tilts and all others kinds of entertainments at the children playgrounds will produce energy that will even drive Wi-Fi signal, lights or will charge mobile devices. Like most good ideas this one came up spontaneously as well. “We have been associates from 6 years and friends from 20. One day we were sitting in a coffeehouse with rocking chairs. And Ilian said: if you think about it, swinging is the most common movement – if we succeed to produce energy from it, we would be awesome”, tells Hristo. Both began to think where could they find a constant motion and they came to the child playground, where kids are not getting tired and run and play all the time.
They present their idea to Eleven and are approved for funding for the amount of 50 000 euro, which will be divided in two tranches. Aleksiev is impressed by the whole applying process that only involves the fulfilling of one blank and questions’ answers. The first design is now ready – so called tilts on spring whose generators produce electricity by swinging. The more swinging the child makes, the brighter the toy shines. Apart from the light, splits can drive Wi-Fi signal. The idea is that the game creates a sense of rewarding both for child and parent. And most important is that nippers’ experience is not limited at all. “We are also working on connecting all these splits and playgrounds worldwide and developing a competition between them for biggest amount produced electricity”, said Aleksiev.
They say they actually introduced “the oldest gaming platform” from XIX into XXI century by making it interactive. “Kids need more motion and thus we motivate them to play outside more. Our endpoint is to turn our idea into a platform, which develops various applications and games” completes Hristo. The splits are only the beginning as functions and design. The game can be changed and tuned according the demands of each client. Trampoline, beam etc are being developed. The generator allows options, by which it can be used for a partly lighting in parks and other public areas. “We won’t resolve the Bulgarian energetic problem but there are various small resolutions” makes it clear Aleksiev. The first installation will take place in April or May.