Introducing the tPOD1: Thermoelectric Power ON Demand
“Ever thought of using your candle to power a 25 LED bulb? Not for a few minutes but for 4 hours at a go? Well, tPOD1 does just that for you!”
In Traverse City, Michigan, a man named Richard Harmon sought to use heat to power anything. Thermoelectricity being the exact word, is no new concept. In fact, if you rewind a bit to your 5th grade science you’d definitely remember Sun being source of all energy. Well, the Sun gives heat. Made the connection yet?
Tellurex, the company behind this project believes their product to become the next must-have household product for outdoor recreation. tPOD 1, or thermoelectric Power On Demand is powered by Tea Candles. Yes, green and renewable tea candles. A single tea candle can impart enough charge to light a 25 LED bulb (very bright) for 4 hours straight. By placing the tea candles under the tPOD1, it provides the right amount of heat to so as to allow the thermoelectric modules in the tPOD1 to generate just under a quarter watt of power.
The tPOD1 can not only act as a light source but a battery charger too, hence making it an excellent carry item for you outdoor enthusiasts.
If not that, it can surely come in handy when you’re in the middle of the night reading a book and whoops, a power cut. This project is also a ray of hope for households and sometimes entire villages in some parts of the world where there is an acute shortage of electricity. As tea candles are used as the energy source, the idea is both economically and environmentally viable.
So what are you waiting for backpackers? For
$69 (now)$79, you can have for yourself the entire kit comprising of 1 tPOD1, 16 tea candles, 1 USB-LED reading light and 1 carrying case. Go ahead and help fund this project on Kickstarter and get it as soon as it releases.
Lighting up your world, when there is none.
Preetam Nath actively follows mobile technology. He has been following computer hardware keenly since 2007, only to start digging more into mobiles ever since the smartphone revolution. Studying his Engineering at MIT Manipal, Preetam devotes most of his time to update himself with the latest happenings in the technology sphere.
17 June, 2012