A Kenyan boy, named Richard Turere, devised an innovative solution to protect his family’s livestock from lions. After observing that lions were afraid of humans with moving flashlights, this 11 year old African boy came up with a simple low-cost system to scare away the predators. Richard wired flashing LED lights to a switch box, and an old car battery powered by a solar panel. The lights were then placed around the livestock pen and designed to flicker. It tricked the lions into believing they were humans with flashlights. Richard was able to devise and install the complete invention by himself, without any knowledge in electronics or engineering.
Richard’s system has worked perfectly and is now being implemented all across Kenya by farmers. It also protects the population of lions. Since his invention, Richard has been invited to speak at the TED 2013 conference and has received a scholarship at Brookhouse International School, one of Kenya’s top institutions. Richard now hopes to grow up to be a pilot and an aircraft engineer. Anything is possible for this 11 year old boy from Africa. Richard’s example shows the concept that 100 percent of information (natural laws + initial conditions) is accessible by everyone. It is the limitation of a person’s perspective that determines how their life will end up.