Singing Lantern

Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, ...

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Ghulam Mohammad Mir, from Kashmir, India has invented a solar-power lantern that has a radio, mobile charger and a light-and-sound siren that responds to a knock in the door to make sure the occupant responds.  His invention was born of pure need:

Ghulam Mohammad Mir of Tangpaw, Saagam of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district too like many others across the valley, had a bitter experience of early nineties when crackdowns and army patrols was a fearsome experience. He was severely beaten up by troopers for not being prompt to respond to the frightening midnight knock. Mir had never been to School but the constant fear of missing a knock and paying for it led him to invent what he proudly calls ‘Singing Lantern’.

He wants to also create a low-cost helicopter that common people can use.  The invention is really interesting in and of itself, but what caught my attention was the name — “Singing Lantern.”  It’s such a poetic name for a device that was created to solve a terrifying problem.

Posted on November 23rd, 2010 by Katxena