As a kid, British inventor Tom Lawton heard the sounds of wind whistling and howling outside his window and wondered how he could transform the wind into light.
The Firewinder is the end result. There's no fire involved, but the outdoor lamp utilizes the principles of electromagnetic induction combined into a single vertical axis wind turbine. There's no winding up either.
The Firewinder's LEDs are powered by a contact-less generator which enables it to harness a light breeze (from wind speeds of 3 mph.) The design manages to harness the wind in every direction. The faster it blows, the brighter the Firewinder (which is, of course, made out of recyclable materials) shines. The outdoor light uses no batteries but relies on 14 LEDs and helical wings to maximum the harnessing of wind.
The Firewinder is available now for pre-order for £99.
Via Shiny Shiny
written by Mahmoud Kabalan, September 17, 2008
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