A novel Bluetooth speaker could let you start a real disco inferno in your living room. Pelty is the world's first Bluetooth speaker that's powered by fire, using an engineering principle called the Peltier effect. The speaker is being funded now through Indiegogo at an early-bird price of $199, and will ship in November.
Converting heat energy into electricity with a thermo-electric generator, the Pelty requires no batteries or cables to run. The team's Indiegogo page says Pelty works with almost every type of candle, and that instructions on the minimum candle size will be sent along with each speaker.
Depending on the size, each candle can power the Pelty for up to five hours. Other details are sparse, since the team is still working on refining the product. You'll be able to use Pelty anywhere from a beach to a spa to your living room. You can also use scented candles for a soothing touch.
Designed to be environmentally friendly, the Pelty is crafted from ceramic, glass and wood as opposed to more harmful metals and plastics. The use of ceramic also provides heat resistance and has better acoustic and insulation properties, according to Pelty.
The makers have turned to Indiegogo for funding so they can make further tests on prototypes to optimize and get CE certification for the device. It is available in eight colors Pink, Blue, Red, Orange, Green, Violet, Black and White, and is expected to eventually retail for $360.