Electricity-Free Lamp Is Powered by Octopus Bacteria

Electricity-Free Lamp Is Powered by Octopus Bacteria
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Dutch designer Teresa Van Dongen has merged design and biology in her new project

Kiran Umapathy
  • 16 november 2016

Electricity? So passé. Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen dared to combine biology with the technology by creating an electricity-free lamp—the Ambio—that runs on octopus bacteria.  


By integrating the biosphere into the technosphere, van Dongen saw possibilities to use elements of nature as electronics. Inspired by deep-sea bacteria living on fish skin, she developed a lamp that lights up by activating octopus bacteria.

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