When you first see the Egloo, there’s no doubt you’ll wonder what the heck it is. Is it a decorative orb to give your space a science fiction touch? Is it another Bluetooth speaker pumping omni-directional sound? Or is it a giant button that will launch nuclear warheads into your enemies? Turns out, it’s none of the above, as the darn thing is an eco-friendly space heater. Really.
Unlike other heaters, it doesn’t need to be plugged to a wall outlet to start heating up a space. Instead, it generates heat using candles that sit inside the terracotta dome, pushing toasty air through a small hole on top.
No, it’s not just a fancy candlestick, either. Instead, Egloo actually collects and stores heat from the candles, which it dispenses in a gradual manner, even after all the candles die out. It’s made up of four components: the base, which serves as a stand for the candles; a metal grill that supports the domes; and two domes that are stacked onto the assembly. The inside dome will store majority of the heat, which is transferred gradually to the outside dome, which then allows it to escape through the opening at the peak. Four candles inside the assembly can heat a 20 square meter space for up to five hours.
While I’m, of course, skeptical of how well this can keep things toasty on particularly cold nights, the idea is admittedly interesting. Designed by Marco Zagaria from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, the Egloo is currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $60.