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November 29th, 2016

Open Source Kite-Centric Wind Generator

kite electricity generator

Ben Franklin flew a kite to discover electricity in lightening. This Scotsman flies kites to generate electricity from wind.

The Video Screening Room

I was intrigued to read on Hackaday about the Daisy kite-based power generator invented by Scottish inventor Roderick Read — and even more intrigued to read that the inventor is a member of the Open Source Hardware Association.

A five-year project looks like it’s coming to fruition. Look at his video and see for yourself.

Note the bicycle frame in his video — a bike-hacker inventor in the fine tradition of the Wright Brothers. Subscribe to this YouTube channel to add your vote of confidence for this inventive lad and to learn watt’s next for this Scottish inventor.

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at

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