This was making its rounds on my Facebook timeline several times before I finally decided to take the time to watch the video… and wow, was I blown away!!! The ingenuity and the intent behind this innovation is truly inspiring!
Without spoiling too much, the video shows how a man nicknamed “Solar Demi” from Sitio Maligaya, Philippines brings light to many with a simple contraption involving a plastic bottle, water and some bleach. Like many commentators, I also initially thought it was going to be a Pepsi ad – but then again, even if it isn’t, if I were Pepsi, I would definitely go do something about it!
(How is this not on a TED talk already?!)
The video is as below:
Here’s a news report on the innovation and the movement:
Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.