Future Tech: Bosavi Headlamp

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Kickstarter campaigns can be pretty hit or miss, but amid the jumble of noble causes and baffling artistic endeavors are some pretty great ideas. Post-apocalyptic role-playing games, climbing memoirs, a lightweight civilian space suit—there’s no question the crowd-funding site has rolled out some winners. In this series, we’ll sift through Kickstarter for brilliant product ideas that we feel represent the future of outdoor tech.

The smart camping tech of tomorrow is just being imagined today. And in the case of outsider ideas—like the multifunctional, lightweight LED headlamp Bosavi—some of it wouldn’t mind a little funding. 

Bosavi is the handiwork of Dan Freschl, a battery engineer and climber who wanted to create a long-lasting, environmentally friendly headlamp that didn’t need a pile of AAA batteries big enough to light up a small town. Bosavi can be charged from any power source, including a solar unit and USB, and depending on mode, it can give off anywhere from 3 to 70 hours of light—or a very reasonable 23 hours in 60-lumen mode.

When it was first imagined, Bosavi’s unique selling point was the rechargeable solar battery, but now that other companies have joined the eco-friendly headlamp fray, its main innovation just might be its versatility—the Bosavi mounts easily to an included headband strap, to the handlebars of your bike, or it can be cleverly coupled with the packaging it comes in create a sort of origami camp lantern. Check out the technical details for other uses and specifications. Seems like a pretty good deal for $80, especially considering you’ll never have to buy flashlight batteries again. Simply recharge via a ubiquitous USB device (or a portable power source) and be on your way.

Bosavi’s 2010 inception came about on a week-long climbing and camping trip in Joshua Tree National Park. As the sun went down, Freshl and a couple dozen friends realized their combined headlamp power was surprisingly weak, and no one had thought to bring extra batteries. Needless to say, this must have been a bit embarrassing for a battery engineer.

The Bosavi project grew from this experience with the ideas that making a product environmentally friendly simply makes it better, and a single solitary person can, by using open-source software and DIY manufacturing, compete with the work of large corporations. Cut to two years after the Joshua Tree incident, and Bosavi’s Kickstarter has been a runaway success, generating nearly $50,000 of its $20,000 goal. Looks like this one's getting funded.

If you want to support DIY tech development and buy one of Freshl’s cool, multi-colored eco-lights, check out Bosavi.com.