Ann’s patent-pending prototype relies on hand warmth only and required that she make her own transformer, among other difference-making factors.
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Her invention, a flashlight that is powered solely from hand heat, took second place at the competition.
Ann, 16, and her parents, both of whom are HAM radio operators and like to fiddle with electronics, were satisfied with that result.“It’s a very simple project,” said Arthur Makosinski, Ann’s father. Let’s move on and do something different.”But had Ann left her project in Victoria, situated just 25 miles north of Washington State, the world may have missed out on a light source that doesn’t use batteries, solar power or wind energy.
'I hated being asked who I was, and all my friends had blonde hair and blue eyes,' she recalls, adding that she dyed her locks lighter, wore colored contacts and hid from the sun to leave her skin as pale as possible.