The ubiquitous household article turns into a handy power generator with the help of the tPOD1 by converting heat into electricity.
The tPOD1 (thermoelectric power on demand) is a handy device that turns your tea candles into a source of electricity. Developed by Tellurex, it uses the heat to generate power, with a single candle able to power a bright LED bulb lamp for up to four hours. The device weighs less that 12 ounces and is about the size of a small soup can. It would be useful for outdoor enthusiasts and could be kept in the home in case of power outages.
The tPOD1 is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, and with a pledge of $79 you can get one tPOD1 power generator, an LED light with USB connection, 16 tea candles for your initial fuel, and a carrying case. A number of accessories are also being developed for the tPOD1, including a small battery regulator and charging system that maximizes the power that can be stored for charging USB-powered devices such as a smartphone or MP3 player.