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Levitating lightbulbs take Flyte!


No magic, no tricks; only science is behind Flyte’s levitating light

Where possible at GoExplore we like to feature technology that could make a difference. Like this pain-killing wearable, for instance, or these 10 free apps that are making the world a better place. This is not one of those times, but if you’re not at least partially curious to read about a levitating lightbulb, then you’re probably reading the wrong site.

Recently funded via Kickstarter, Flyte is part fancy lighting solution and part wireless charger – juicing up your phone via its base when you’re not using it to see in the dark.

The bulb’s creator Simon Morris has long been fascinated with floating objects, making everything from sneakers to skateboards levitate on behalf of brands. With Flyte, though, he’s combined levitation with induction, and in his own words, “set the light bulb free”.

Now, we weren’t even aware that the lightbulb felt trapped, but nonetheless, cool floating lightbulb bro. It works using an electromagnet and a wireless transmitter hidden inside the wooden base, which work in tandem with another magnet and a wireless receiver inside the bulb. Not too different from some of the the floating wireless speakers that we’ve featured before.

Flyte’s base is made in Sweden from sustainably sourced oak, ash and walnut, and it uses energy efficient LEDs rated at about 50,000 hours. That means your levitating lightbulb will shine happily for 12 hours a day for up to 11 years. Admittedly, it doesn’t look particularly bright in any of the promotional materials, but hey it floats – what more do you want?

The project has already proved to be a hit on Kickstarter, raising more than double its $80,000 target with 20 days still left to pledge. Estimated delivery for Flyte is October 2015, so to pre-order yours or find out more about the campaign, take a look at the Kickstarter now.

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