The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Avery Forbes Demonstrates her Gravity Light Exhibit

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Today is the day the Digital Media Lab hosts the visiting students from the United Arab Emirates. The two-week program in the DML will focus on some of the United Nations Sustainability Goals.

Avery Forbes, a student from the Makespace Leadership course (hosted in the DML space), demonstrated the Gravity Light she built and explained some of the ‘maker principles’ that helped in the design process.

A Gravity Light is a gravity-powered light-emitting device for use in developing nations. A bag containing weights such as stones or heavy books is attached to a cord and slowly descends over some time. The process drives a motor that produces electricity, which powers the light.