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16-year Old Ann Makosinski's Heat Powered Flashlight Invention Could Change the World

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you go, girl!  making flashlights with our bodies and given 3 tedtalks already?  niiiiiiiiice.

A flashlight powered by hand heat that she invented when she was 14?!

Two years ago, Ann Makosinski was inspired by a friend in the Philippines who didn't have electricity – the girl told Ann she couldn't complete her homework and was failing in school. 

So Ann began experimenting with Peltier tiles, which produce an electrical current when opposite sides are heated and cooled at the same time. She said she'd heard people described as "walking 100-watt lightbulbs," and became inspired to use body heat as an energy source. "We have so much energy just radiating out of us, and it's totally being wasted," she told ABC News

She's from Victoria, Canada.

Ann Makosinski on Jimmy Fallon "Fallonventions":


As part of "Fallonventions" a regular segment sponsored by General Electric, Makosinski was one of three young inventors featured on the show (and given $5,000 towards their education).

"Wow, that's crazy," Fallon exclaimed when Makosinski demonstrated how the Peltier tiles that she employed on the torch, turn the heat from a human hand into electricity.

Fallon then countered with an invention of his own: "the granola bowla," an edible cereal bowl that holds "only 4,000 calories per bowl."

"Oh Jimmy, that's pretty cool," Makosinski giggled.

As she left the stage, Fallon said, "I'm going to work for her one day, I can feel it."

She has a lot of confidence.

Her TEDx talk, Be the Source:

A Green Metamorphosis:

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