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Rubbing This Stick Makes Light

Paying homage to our twig-rubbing, fire creating ancestors, designer Michael Kritzer has created a simple concept for a torch-like flashlight that is powered by the simple rubbing of a stick. A combination of kindling and accelerometer mechanics allows the Lightstarter to shine efficiently with a small amount of effort required.

The designer hopes to have the Lightstarter shine for approximately ten seconds with every second of rubbing. This means a short minute of kindling will buy yourself ten minutes of light, perfect for emergency situations, camping trips and general silliness.

Although carrying around battery powered LED flashlights may provide a much brighter and more reliable lighting source, the Lightstarter certainly offers potential for an interesting alternative to self-sustained lighting.