Team ARLECCHINO presents a pioneering solution in renewable energy: electric generating footstep tiles. Utilizing cutting-edge piezoelectric technology, these tiles efficiently convert footstep-generated mechanical energy into electricity, reducing reliance on unreliable natural resources. Our footstep tiles prioritize efficiency, durability, and scalability. Designed for seamless integration with existing infrastructure, they offer a versatile and sustainable energy solution for various applications. By leveraging manpower as a primary energy input, our solution addresses the challenges posed by conventional renewable energy generators, which often demand substantial space, financial investment, and environmental considerations. We emphasize user comfort and safety, ensuring a positive experience for pedestrians. By highlighting the environmental benefits and promoting awareness, we aim to drive widespread adoption of this transformative technology. Team ARLECCHINO is committed to shaping a greener, more sustainable future through innovation and responsible energy solutions.


Empowered and Driven:
Delivering Solutions for Global Issues

Affordable and Clean Energy :
The project ensure access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy. Footstep tiles provide renewable energy, making electricity more accessible and sustainable.

Sustainable Cities and Communities :
The project helps create inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities. Footstep tiles promote energy-efficient infrastructure, fostering vibrant urban communities and reducing environmental impact.


``We have some risk management points along with product design and team members. 1) Slip hazard due to improper designed tiles can cause injuries. 2) Maintenance challenge when malfunction or breakdown happens, might lead to exposure of wires and electric shocks in worse cases. 3) Failure of assigned duty of a team member might hinder team plans and product development time. 4) Electrical faulty wiring leading to shocks, fire and explosions. 5) Data security and privacy - the possibilities of user biometric privacy exposure might cause trust issues on the team. (unlikely) 6) Delay of product materials 7) Cost effectiveness``
``Firstly, the team has decided to do further research on the risk management and user feedback to improve and prevent high risks. 1) To prevent slip hazard -make sure the tiles are slip resistance by the aid of mechanical abrasion. - install signage to warn users of potential harm due to the wet floor 2) To maintain malfunctions -conduct frequent inspections to identify any issues -making sure there are all-inclusive training in repairs safety procedures and troubleshooting 3) To avoid failure of assigned duties by a team member -team leader check in to see the milestones of every member -encourage each other and help out whenever the member needs support -create comfortable environment for members to speak freely of their concerns and difficulties 4) To prevent electrical faults and shocks -shut down the system and get fixed by professionals -reschedule frequent inspections -do more researches in labs 5)To ensure secure data and privacy -have strict access controls to the system by using RBAC -encrypt data transmit between footstep sensor 6)In case of materials being delayed -search for similar materials with same functions and safety to substitute -ask around shops nearby -have a contract agreement with the supplier to avoid unforeseen circumstances and loses. 7) Cost effectiveness -always research to reduce cost and better functionality when it comes to large scale production``
Use Case
``Use Case: Sustainable Public Park Scenario: The local government decided to transform the busy park area into a sustainable community space. Team Arlecchino's electricity generating footstep tiles will be used to enhance the park's functionality and promote innovative renewable power generation. Implementation: 1. The tiles are installed along designated pathways around the park. 2. As visitors and locals passes by, doing any sort of activities that will create footstep pressures will activate the embedded piezoelectric technology. The mechanical energy is then converted into electricity, then stored into the park's energy grid. 3. The generated electricity stored will be used to power park lights, nearby street lights and mobile charging stations in the park. It will also be used to power display screens that promote about environmental awareness. 4. The implementation of the tiles will attract public and promote sustainability as well as will allow the community to engage in the park activities which helps with wellbeing as well. Benefits 1. The footstep tiles contribute to the park's renewable energy portfolio, reduce reliance on traditional energy and lower carbon emissions. 2. Allows the park to create safe, comfortable and convenience for the users. 3. Spread awareness and educate public about energy conservations and sustainability principles in a real-world context. 4. Creates a vibrant community gathering space, promote physical activity , overall enhances the quality of life for residents. ``


List of Essential Tools and Technologies



The product currently is made of 2 Arduinos and is coded by using Tinker Cad.
The first Arduino will be transmitting electricity to the second one where it will be stored for further use.
Each footstep tiles has 6 piezo electric plates. When someone steps or press onto the tiles, the weight/force applies pressure to the piezoelectric plates embedded inside. This causes the piezo material to slightly deform, generating an electric charge(AC). The release of electricity will be notified through the led around the tile edge. The pressure applied on each tiles will activate the 2 force sensors. These sensors will detect and display the magnitude of force exerted, onto the LCD screen. This is built to provide real-time feedback and help in data collection and analysis.
A bridge rectifier, a 9V battery and some led are attached to the second Arduino. The AC current from the piezo is converted into DC through the bridge rectifier then are stored in the battery. Led will lit up whenever the electricity is successfully stored.
4 to 5 tiles will be used to demonstrate the electricity generating footstep tiles system and light up the street lights in the park model.”


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Online Marketing
Creative agency
Web development


Impact on the market

``Our product targets a diverse market segment encompassing governmental bodies, public institutions, commercial enterprises, and urban development agencies. Specifically tailored to meet the growing demand for sustainable energy solutions, our product appeals to decision-makers seeking to enhance infrastructure, reduce carbon footprint, and optimize resource utilization within their respective domains.

1. Government bodies - Allow municipalities, city councils and urban planning authorities who are seeking innovative solutions to improve public infrastructure while meeting sustainability goals.
2. Public Institutions - Help educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and recreational venues to reduce operational costs, enhance sustainability and promote environmental stewardship.
3. Commercial Enterprises - Integrate eco-friendly technology to minimize energy expenses and enhance cooperate social responsibility initiatives for retail centers, cooperate offices and industrial facilities.
4. Transportation Hubs - Give energy-efficient solutions to support high-traffic environment and reduce-carbon emissions for airports, train stations and bus terminals.



“Our journey began with frequent meetings, both in person and online, where we brainstormed, discussed, and refined our ideas. These sessions were crucial for shaping our vision and establishing a clear direction for our project. We utilized various communication platforms, including WhatsApp and Microsoft Teams, to facilitate seamless collaboration and information sharing among team members.

We’ve created a skit, then proceeded to record our dialogues in perfection along with the problem statement, the working and functionality, UN goals and editing it to perfection. It was well defined video that addressed our product in a very straight forward and understandable manner.

In preparation for review meetings and presentations, we dedicated time and effort to compile comprehensive materials. This included creating PowerPoint presentations, drafting opportunity documents, and conducting risk assessments to identify potential challenges and mitigation strategies. We also leveraged Microsoft Teams to upload and share our progress, ensuring transparency and accountability within the team.

An essential milestone in our journey was a visit to Bruno’s lab, where we had the opportunity to acquire key components for our project. Additionally, we placed orders for specialized materials, such as piezoelectric elements, to complement our prototype. These strategic acquisitions laid the foundation for the construction of our prototype—a process that involved meticulous planning and attention to detail.

As we assembled our prototype, we integrated various components, including resistors, batteries, and a bridge rectifier, to ensure stability and functionality. Each step of the construction process was guided by our collective expertise and commitment to excellence.

Looking ahead, we are focused on refining our prototype and incorporating advanced features to enhance its functionality and performance. This includes finalizing the code implementation and exploring opportunities for optimization.”


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