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This is my blog about creating a startup LED flashlight business. I'm a designer, fabricator, and strategist and I'm passionate about making ideas real. I believe that products are about people, that they should be built to last, deliver real value, and that we need to do a better job than we have in the recent past.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Flashlight uses: oops I broke a glass

So this application was discovered by accident but it's incredibly effective. Actually, Lori discovered it by accident :) A glass fell off the dining table and hit the floor with a substantial crash. Little sugar like shards were scattered all over the floor. You know the drill. Even after the usual sweeping and swabbing with a wet paper towel we kept finding new shards. Now what? Flashlights to the rescue!

A few strategically placed lights made it incredibly easy to spot the remaining pieces of glass. You can't really see in the photos but the shards would sparkle like crazy. I once saw a similar method used to check the flatness of a granite surface plate but that used grains of salt and lasers...another story. Anyway, just thought I'd share because it is both novel and worked like a charm. Part of what makes it effective is the wide beam angle and the massive intensity. Thanks Lori!

1 comment:

  1. This works great for lots of stuff...and stuff you really don't want to see like dust on a may also show undulations as you will many a time see the shadowing.