The clue is definitely not in the name with this corkscrew contraption – it has nothing to do with fire, despite what the name implies. It does however, have something to do with winding… and lighting and being eco-friendly for that matter. The “lava lamp of the 21st century” (dubbed by its creator) uses wind to power up, but rather than building up enough juice to give it a power boost, Firewinder utilises the wind to generate a pretty lightshow for plenty of oohing and ahhing… oh, and providing a light source on a cold and dark wintry night too. This is also the first time you’ll probably appreciate blustery winds, because no wind = no lightshow. The faster the wind blows, the faster Firewinder spins and illuminates all 14 of its LED lights.
See what it looks like in action after the jump
As the picture demonstrates, Firewinder creates an upward spiralling light, which is why the wind is imperative to its actions. It kind of gives the impression that staring at it for too long will induce some kind of hypnotic trance, so maybe it’s not a good idea to stare it out for too long, just in case. All it takes is 3mph wind to make it go. It’s powered by wind, is made from 100 percent recyclable material – how more green can it get? What an impressive eco gadget. Want one? You can lower your carbon footprint for £99.95 from Firebox very soon.
By Lucy Hedges | September 12th, 2008