Kickstarter is fascinating place. Some campaigns offer niche products you never knew you needed. Others offer rewards you won't find anywhere else. In some cases, you back a campaign simply to support ideas you believe in or ideas that represent progress towards a worthy goal. Ohmie: The Orange Lamp was such a campaign.
I backed it in July 2021. The idea was simple: an organic, fully compostable lamp 3D printed from inedible orange peel waste. It hit all the sustainability goals: repurposed waste applied to a near-wasteless manufacturing process to produce re-usable electronics and a compostable product in compostable packaging. Plus it looks great. What's not to love?
As far as kickstarters go, this was a relatively successful one with limited production and shipping delays. I received the lamp a month or two ago and finally got around to unboxing.
Incidentally, this was also my first attempt at an unscripted unboxing video. It's way harder than I expected. I only had three interesting talking points, and I basically mentioned each of them before I'd sliced open the packaging. I have a whole new appreciation for people who sound intelligible and interesting while riffing on a product they just opened and know little about. The 'umms' were rampant. I need practice.
In any case, I'm fascinated by the orange peel filament used to print the Ohmie. The manufacturer (a company named Krill Design) calls it Rekrill. It's entirely organic, and I want some for my own 3D printer. What other food waste could serve a similar purpose? No idea.
Anyway, that's today's video: the unboxing of Ohmie, a cute little orange lamp made of oranges. Enjoy.