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British industrial designer Martin Riddiford has created a pineapple-size lamp powered by a 25-pound weight that falls about six feet in a half-hour. That may not sound like much, but it’s enough to drive a silent motor at thousands of rotations per second. The GravityLight, which shines slightly brighter than most kerosene lamps, requires a certain amount of elbow grease: Once the weight reaches bottom, it must be manually lifted to repeat the process.


Man I can see a whole new light coming on inside my head for some tech like this!
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This seems horribly impractical.
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Originally Posted by Art Vanelay View Post

This seems horribly impractical.

Seriously?
You must have not read at all... and if you did, you forgot that there actually are places without electricity in the world. This is about providing safe, cheap, light for poor and developing nations. Not about a "cool new gadget"
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Seriously?
You must have not read at all... and if you did, you forgot that there actually are places without electricity in the world. This is about providing safe, cheap, light for poor and developing nations. Not about a "cool new gadget"

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Horribly impractical to lift a 25lb weight once every 30minutes? It's not like you're gonna need the light for multiple contiguous hours. Me thinks you're being a bit dramatic.
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Horribly impractical to lift a 25lb weight once every 30minutes? It's not like you're gonna need the light for multiple contiguous hours. Me thinks you're being a bit dramatic.
Fumbling around to lift the lamp in the dark was the part that seemed impractical to me.
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Fumbling around to lift the lamp in the dark was the part that seemed impractical to me.

You're avatar seems impractical to me smile.gif

I don't see how this in an innovation really though -we've had "crank" based charging systems for years. I didn't read though FYI... will get to it later :>
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And thus the grandfatherclocklight was born!

I have to lift the weights in a grandfather clock daily so it's NBD.
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Seems like interesting technology that we can adapt to much more than just lights. I'm sure it has been thought of before, but to switch this into other electrical components would be something to see.
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I prefer wind up.
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