Santa Clara University

"BetterLife"

Ginny Mangan, Sean Musallam, Hendro Riyadi, and Kyle Loving

BetterLife, is a non-profit organization that provides a hands-free flashlight that uses human movement as its power source.  A small magnet sliding through a copper coil can charge a capacitor which then can power an LED.  This flashlight, attached around the wrist or the ankle, can be charged at anytime just by the motion of the arms or legs while walking.  It meets the core competencies of the people; rugged to withstand the environment, green technology as there are no disposable parts and no harsh chemicals or smoke as byproducts, affordable and less than our competitors, user centric, anyone can use our product with no special clothing or skills, and the use of local labor and materials will be used whenever possible.