The humble torch might do its job just fine, but one man has completely reimagined its design. The result is the LightMan.
Tim Roxas wanted a torch that was smaller, lighter, more versatile, and able to clip to things for hands-free use. And that's just what he's created.
The LightMan has a natty design that allows it to clip to almost anything, from the pages of a book, to clothing, to the handlebars of a bike, to your smartphone or tablet.
It also features six powerful neodymium magnets, so can stick to anything made of metal. The retractable reel makes it even more versatile.
It allows the LightMan to split in two: the light, and the part housing the battery. That means the light section can fit into smaller and harder-to-reach spaces. It also lets you activate the light remotely.
The LightMan uses two high-performance one-watt Cree XPC LEDs, which give you 120 lumens of light. The twin-head beam design, along with the textured reflector, gives the LightMan a powerful beam with a wide span.
The demo video on the Kickstarter page features someone using it as the light for their bicycle.
It runs on a single CR123 battery – these are the ones that are stubbier than an AA. One of these should power the LightMan for up to eight hours.
The campaign has already raised over $10,000 of a $12,500 target, and still has 29 days to go. A pledge of $25 will get you a LightMan, which is half of the retail price (though you will need to add $9 to ship outside the US). Deliveries are expected in December this year.
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