Adorable dino night light powered by algae

A 3D-printed dinosaur filled with bioluminescent algae glows in the dark, fueled by photosynthesis.

Yonder Biology

No batteries, no switches, no power cords... The Dino Pet night light is a toy that's actually alive. It's not going to walk or talk, of course, but it's filled with living bioluminescent algae, or dinoflagellates, that allow it to glow in the dark.

The idea is that the Dino Pet, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, is actually a dino pet -- a dinosaur-shaped toy filled with dinoflagellates that needs to be "fed" with sunlight to allow it to glow brilliantly at night. It could be used as a biology teaching tool, as well as a friendly presence to keep the nighttime monsters at bay.

Each batch of Dino Pet microorganisms will live for approximately one to three months if fed with nothing but sunlight, but "dino food" (a mixture of salt water and nutrients) available from creator Yonder Biology can prolong their life indefinitely, and more batches of dinoflagellates can be purchased if one dies completely.

Each Dino Pet will be 3D-printed out of polyethylene-based plastic, with an aperture that can be opened to either feed the pet or add more dinos. Although drinking either the algae mixture or the food is not advised, both are non-toxic.

A Kickstarter pledge of $40 is the current lowest price for a Dino Pet, but with international shipping, it comes to $125 (ouch!), with an estimated delivery date of April 2014. Refills of dino food, lasting four to six months, cost $10 each.

(Source: Crave Australia)

 

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