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Freelance consultant, learning facilitator, and writer, founder of extreme-inventing.com, ooleee.net (with artist Gary King), knowledgecafe0151. Teach technology entrepreneurship at School of Engineering at University of Liverpool, UK. I have a longstanding and avid interest in Technology as a unique human phenomenon. I'm actively engaged in research on how enterprising individuals shape material culture through inventing and innovating, with palaeoanthropologists at the Dept. of Archaeology, Egyptology and Classics, also at University of Liverpool.

7UP? No— Light Up!

This is a perfect example of extreme inventing we were made aware of by Colin Dyas of Made in Liverpool Ltd. First we have a problem—darkness when lightness was needed—and then an extreme inventor recognised a property of a clear liquid to transmit light. Hey presto, the water bottle enabled solar light bulb was invented.

How the connection between the empty plastic bottles was made would be interesting to find out, but from the various videos on YouTube to actually realise the potential of the water filled bottle required a few more practical steps so the bulb could be inserted into the corrugated iron roofs of the shanty town houses (see video below). Ok, so the principle of transmitting light in this way is well established in the form of light tubes or light tunnels and available in the UK from Solatube in the UK, but what extreme inventing the bottle light bulb is. A third world solution to a third world problem.


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