15-year-old Canadian girl invents flashlight powered only by body heat

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A 15-year-old girl in Canada has invented a flashlight that only needs the warmth of the hand to turn on.

Ann Makosinski, a high school junior in Victoria, British Columbia, was trying to think of a way of harvesting untapped energy when she was inspired to make the flashlight.

She realized that the warmth generated by the human body was an overlooked energy source.

Her project objective was to create a flashlight that ran solely off the heat of the hand.

That objective was accomplished when she discovered Peltier tiles, which produce electricity when one side of the tile is heated and the other is cooled.

Makosinski realized she could use these tiles to create energy for her flashlight if she left the device hollow.

Holding the flashlight on the outside would cause the tiles to heat up on one side while the ambient air would cool down the tile on the inside of the flashlight.
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