Every week at airports across the country, 1000s of batteries are being consumed by marshaling wands and thrown away. Photonic Designs is looking to solve this problem with their new technology.
A marshaling wand is that flashlight with a cone on the end used by all sorts of industries like police, fire, aviation, and military to guide and direct traffic at night.
When aircraft takeoff and land at an airport, they need to be marshaled (told where to go) by a person on the ground. They use a language of signals communicated with their hands.
These devices currently operate on standard C batteries and consume juice like its going out of style.
“The solution to the problem meant re-thinking what a battery’s performance should be. So we took the opposite approach and operated on the idea, that we should supply all the power,” says creator Kent Dial in his Kickstarter campaign.
“This resulted in a completely new patent pending board design that actively manages and distributes power in the most efficient way possible. This drastically reduced the energy needed to do the same job, which enabled us to move to an on-board power supply that lasts years using just two non-rechargeable AA’s.”
The result? Dial says they’ve had units last over a year in active testing in real-world uses.
Not too shabby. The Kickstarter campaign has a long way to go however and not much time to do it in. So if you’re interested in helping to keep 1000s of batteries out of landfills, head on over to the Kickstarter page to back the project.