'This product is going to change the world' – GravityLight


25-01-2013

“This product is going to change the world.” These were the words of SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot when he spoke of the GravityLight in this year’s SolidWorks World 2013 keynote address.



“This product is going to change the world.” These were the words of SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot when he spoke of the GravityLight in this year’s SolidWorks World 2013 keynote address. The GravityLight is a product from a product design consultancy called Therefore, based in London. Featured in the press worldwide (Daily MailThe GuardianWired), the device has found widespread acclaim since appearing on crowdfunding website, indiegogo.

Over 1.5 billion people in the world have no reliable access to mains electricity. When the sun sets, they are reliant on kerosene-fuelled lamps as sources of light. Smoke inhalation, accidental fires, and reliance on an inconsistent source of fuel place a huge burden on people in developing countries. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an estimated 244 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide is released into the atmosphere every year through the burning of kerosene for lighting. Enter the GravityLight – a reliable light source powered by the gradual descent of a weight. The few seconds taken to lift the weight will power the light for 30 minutes.

Therefore posted their concept on indiegogo with a goal of $55,000 to help them get started with the tooling, manufacture, and distribution. They over-achieved by a huge margin, acquiring the support of thousands of people and nearly $400,000 as a result.

Since 2005, Therefore Product Design Consultants have relied on SolidWorks as their design tool, supported by Innova Systems, who are based in Cambridge. Mark Bradford, Managing Director of Innova Systems said: “Sitting in the crowd at SolidWorks World, I was delighted to see a customer of ours have their design celebrated on stage. I always enjoy seeing the great work our customers do using SolidWorks, and the GravityLight truly is an inspirational product.”

You can find more information about the project on the GravityLight indiegogo page. Watch the video below to hear Bertrand Sicot’s take on the Gravity Light in the opening General Session of SolidWorks World 2013.

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