Red Bull’s annual Creation event involved 16 teams from across the country who came together for three days of high stakes innovation with the city as their playground. A secret warehouse in Brooklyn full of tools, materials and hardware hackers were given the task of building a creation designed to move the weight of a person (100lbs) from point A to point B without using any fossil fuels. They had 3 days. The winning team is named 1.21 Jigawatts, and they are from Minneapolis.
They created a massive hamster wheel, wired into a mobile network, given its own phone number that could somehow receive up to 60,000 one-word text messages at a time. Once it received the text message, the hamster wheel would actually roll and perfectly print the word out along the ground. Grand prize – $5k. Pretty cool huh?
- Human Powered Text Message Printer Wins RedBull Challenge (textually.org)
- Red Bull “Creation” Event: The Official Gear Diary Report (geardiary.com)
- Red Bull Creation Spawns Wheelie Mobile, Spinning See-Saw, And Other Crazy Contraptions (techcrunch.com)