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Is it magic? Science has always had a spell on us, and the Flyte light bulb by Simon Morris has us enchanted. Electromagnetism is harnessed to levitate and spin the bulb, which shines via resonant inductive coupling transmission (a technical term for wireless power). No batteries required. The result rises to an artful object, an endless source of wonderment.
Fly and light merge in its very name, with the Swedish inventor celebrating his work in the spirit of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, those grounded thinkers who were equally sky-high dreamers. Energy-efficient LED is rated at 50,000 hours (as in 12 hours a day for 11 years). Solid base is made of quarter-sawn oak, ash or walnut.
An obsession with making objects float midair started in childhood for Simon. He has since re-imagined the Nike Air Max 1 as a magnetically levitating sneaker, and did the same with a skateboard under the artwork title of “Invitation au Voyage” (indeed!). “I couldn’t ride on it,” he remarks. What started as a Kickstarter project two years ago ended up on Time’s list of the 25 best inventions.