Fil-Canadian teen invents flashlight powered by body heat

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via rappler.com – Many scientists and media are saying Ann Makosinski’s invention could change the world. Makosinski, a Filipino-Canadian from Victoria, Canada, invented a flashlight powered by nothing more than body heat.

Ann, 16, found her love for gizmos and gadgets because of her parents, who are both HAM radio operators.

“It’s a very simple project,” Arthur Makonsinski, Ann’s father, told Yahoo! News. She was inspired to create after she was corresponding with a friend in the Philippines who was unable to do her homework and was failing in school due to electricity problems.

The flashlight runs on thermoelectric power, which, many say, has never been done before.

Electricity is important and sometimes hard to come by in rural areas.

“I just wanted to help my friend in the Philippines and my flashlight was a possible solution,” she told Yahoo!.

Ann worked on the project for months. She created her own transformer for the flashlight.

According to People Magazine, she only won second place at her local science fair. One of her teachers convinced her to submit the project to Google’s 2013 Science Fair, where she won a $25,000 (about CAD$27,800) scholarship.

Makosinski has appeared on the Tonight Show and has delivered a TedXTalk since winning the fair.

“I want to make sure my flashlight is available to those who need it,” Makosinski said.

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