Reading by candle light is so 20th century. The next innovation? Using your blood to make light. Yes, your blood. Design artist Mike Thompson has developed a one time use lamp that works by a flourescent reaction between human blood and an active chemical component dissolved in water.
Mike Thompson’s thoughts on this design:
The average American consumes 3383kwh of energy per year. That’s equivalent to leaving the light on in 4 rooms for a whole year. The simple flick of a switch allows us to power appliances and gadgets 24/7 without a thought to where it comes from and the cost to the environment.
For the lamp to work one breaks the top off, dissolves the tablet, and uses their own blood to power a simple light. By creating a lamp that can only be used once, the user must consider when light is needed the most, forcing them to rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is.
We’ll still stick with normal electricity for our blogging, though.
Mike Thompson: Blood Lamp…
(hat tip: Gizmodo)