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Now that the main Expo hall here at CES is open to the public, it feels like the Big Show has truly begun. The crowds are massive, with gawking onlookers stacked elbow-to-elbow, shoving and jostling to get closer to 100-plus-inch televisions, crazy-expensive audio systems, and sleek concept cars. Given all the eye candy on display, it can be difficult to isolate the truly great products among the fray. But we’ve done our best, and we think we emerged with some real winners.
Having successfully gained a foothold in the portable stove market, the BaseCamp from BioLite marks the Brooklyn-based startup’s advancement into the world of grilling. The grill’s technology follows the innovations that began with BioLite’s past biomass-powered offerings — clean combustion, the ability to charge phones and tablets off-grid — and improves on them.
On today's show we are live with Quartz from The Next Billion event in New York City. Ben Johnson is center stage with Jonathan Cedar, CEO of Biolite, to talk about the tech solutions to the health problems associated with cooking over an open-fire in the developing world. (Click on logo for recording)
The BioLite Kettle Charge was built for everyone to easily use. Its uses go beyond the campsite, giving many people who don’t have reliable power or lights the ability to create power. Just fill the stainless steel container with water, find a heat source (camping stoves, gas ranges, BioLite Stove) and let it work its magic.
This intelligent kettle is designed for use on any range — making it useful both indoors and out — and can boil up to 750 ml of water at a time, while sending up to 10W of power to the USB port, meaning you can charge even your most power-hungry gadgets (we're looking at you, iPad) as fast as you can with a wall outlet.
When I was first introduced to BioLite’s technology a little more than a year ago at an outdoor goods showcase in lower Manhattan, I was equally enchanted and dismissive… Boy, did I miss the bigger picture.
But the company has bigger aims in mind than helping well-heeled backpackers go green. Its big project is the HomeStove, a larger stove meant for use in the developing world, and it is using sales of the CampStove to fuel development and testing of the HomeStove.
With not a hint of khaki or green, it's unashamedly brash and modern-looking... Thanks to the fan and clever ducting, it burns extremely well which, given its primary function, is essential. Plus, there's no need to carry gas canisters or foul-smelling fuel tablets.
Company employees set up a table with the stoves in spots like Washington Square Park in Lower Manhattan, where many people were still without power. They offered hot drinks to people as they gathered around the stoves to charge their dead phones. The stoves got plenty of attention from passers-by, including the police, who ordered BioLite to stop.
The BioLite stove burns found fuel—twigs and small bits of wood—and uses the heat to create electricity to charge your electronic devices... there’s another consideration: sales of the BioLite support the HomeStove, which uses 50 percent less wood and cuts smoke by 95 percent, huge issues in the developing world.
Remember rubbing two sticks together, or even trying to ignite a fire with a mirror? How about sending messages using smoke signals?
  • Fast Company Innovation By Design 2014 - Social Good

    "Excess heat from this stove is converted into electricity, which provides significant fuel savings in developing nations. Our judges pointed out the benefits were even greater. It provides a safer way to burn a fire and a gathering place for families. It might even challenge gender norms of who is expected to maintain a fire—usually women in charge of cooking—if fire is linked to energy rather than food."



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  • 50 Campfires Gear of the Year 2014 - The BioLite BaseCamp

    "While we’re at it, maybe it could cook for us too. Yeah, wouldn’t that be a dream?” Then, like the eighth wonder of the world, BioLite swoops into our conversation (like they do with everyone’s conversations) and says, “As a matter of fact, 50 Campfires crew, our BioLite BaseCamp Stove does all of that."



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  • The Tech Awards - Nokia Health Prize. The BioLite HomeStove

    "Paying for itself in six to seven months, a single HomeStove lowers the rates of potentially fatal respiratory diseases while saving ~2000lbs of wood per year and averting the C02 emissions of a compact car."



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  • Core77 Design Awards - Social Impact, BioLite HomeStove

    "The little stove that could. Went from camping or recreational use to a wider social impact – fully combust the bio mass – so hyper efficient generation of energy. Demonstrates how consumer solutions in the first world can have a wider reach – by exploring the scope of a product; solution now used in a variety of contexts."



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