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PUTTING THE LIGHT IN FLIGHT

Nusrat Daud Pritha
PUTTING THE LIGHT IN FLIGHT

What happens when you combine Edison’s basic light bulb with Tesla’s theories of electromagnetic induction? The light bulb takes flight. Or, should we say FLYTE?

FLYTE is a levitating light which hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the air. This brilliant creation is the brainchild of Swedish art and science enthusiast Simon Morris. Morris has always been fascinated by things that hover and thus his specialty is matter properties, the energy within them and how they interact with gravity. 

Flyte consists of an LED bulb with a wireless power receiver and an electromagnet attached to its bottom. The bulb hovers over a sustainably sourced wooden base that has another electromagnet and a wireless power transmitter inside it. The magnetic field created guides the bulb into position after which it hovers over the base. 

In case the field is disturbed, the bulb will simply fall vertically and attach itself to the wooden base removing any possibility of a breakage. The bulb can be switched on/off simply by tapping the wooden base. To be noted, for when the light is not being used, the wooden base also doubles as a wireless SmartPhone charger. 

Flyte is available for pre-order on Kickstarter for USD 250. Definitely not even close to the price range of traditional light bulbs available at the market, Flyte is positioned among the more extravagant art piece camp. But if the response on Kickstarter is anything to go by, the bulb has grabbed quite a lot of attention.

 

Promising better and cooler gadgets in the future, Morris states on Kickstarter, “It’s (Flyte) just one of the levitation products I’ve been developing. My goal is to create high-quality anti-gravity products that captivate the imagination.” 


 

November 24, 2015
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