Solar light works like snail's eyes

Articulated stems creep us out.

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
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Being of the green ilk here at Crave, we fully support the notion of solar lighting (especially if it keeps out co-workers from exhibiting any violent tendencies). We're even willing to tolerate models born of questionable taste. But we must draw the line at gadgets that resemble killer mollusks.

The "Place-Anywhere Articulated Solar Light" may sound innocuous enough, but don't be fooled. By its own admission, this product bears "two independent telescoping stalks, similar to a snail's ommatophores." That would be snail eyes, as every schoolboy knows. Whatever they're called, they can swivel around 360 degrees to shine their LED lights in any direction, whether mounted on a wall, the ground or even a ceiling if you really want to be creeped out.

There is one good thing about it, though. It can be controlled by a remote up to 50 feet away, so you can scare your friends to death.