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latro algae lamp: mike thompson

The Latro lamp is another product out of Netherlands design school Eindhoven from industrial designer Mike Thompson. Using living algae, Thompson is utilizing the technology developed by scientists from Yonsei University & Stanford University to power his lamp. A small electric current is drawn from chloroplasts of algal cells during its photosynthesis.

The Latro requires only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to provide  its glow. When placed in the sun, the lamp stores its excess energy  in in its own battery for later use.

via Design Boom

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    Very clever.

    Comment by Catherine | 06.13.10

    Great minds at work.

    Comment by Paul | 12.20.10

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