Filipino-Canadian teen invents body heat-powered flashlight

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 27, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Filipino-Canadian teenager is getting global recognition for inventing a flashlight that doesn’t require batteries.

Sixteen-year-old Ann Makosinski’s “hollow flashlight” uses thermoelectric technology and works as long as you hold onto it. The flashlight’s handle has Peltier tiles that convert hand heat into electricity to power the LED bulbs.

The half Filipino teen says she was inspired to invent this for her friend in the Philippines who could not complete her homework because she didn’t have electricity.

According to the World Bank, Makosinski’s invention could impact 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s population who lack regular access to electricity.

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