Burn, Baby Burn: Candle-Powered Speaker Runs On Fire

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. 

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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.

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  • spartanmk2
    Neat-O, but thats about it.
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  • derekullo
    So on one hand you have a regular speaker made of plastic and metals which does not release carbon dioxide into the air.
    On the other side you have a wooden speaker that releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
    A regular speaker seems more environmentally friendly than a candle-burning one.
    To be fair they both use rare earth metals. Nothing against Pelty but I can see the issue in making ceramic magnetic. It is possible it just takes massive amounts of electricity .lol
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  • alextheblue
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    So on one hand you have a regular speaker made of plastic and metals which does not release carbon dioxide into the air. On the other side you have a wooden speaker that releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A regular speaker seems more environmentally friendly than a candle-burning one. To be fair they both use rare earth metals. Nothing against Pelty but I can see the issue in making ceramic magnetic. It is possible it just takes massive amounts of electricity .lol
    CO2 is plant food. That's the silliest thing to go after them for. While plastics and metals are fine if you recycle, I also don't really have a problem with their materials selection. I will even give them props for being unique and interesting.

    If you want to criticize them, why not start with being outrageously expensive? Or how realistically it's hardly better for the environment than using a battery powered device and rechargeable batteries (I prefer Eneloops myself)?
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