A PR rep for Coughlan’s, the Canadian company that makes a bunch of little camping accessories you always see at the outdoor stores, has been trying to get me to post something about this gadget from their new spring lineup: an LED lantern. It works on the same principle as those little LED keyring spotlights, but instead of sending a spot of light, it broadcasts a sphere of it, supposedly about six feet wide. Weighs about an ounce, costs under $10 bucks.
Might be handy for reading, cooking after dark, attracting your favorite stinging insects.
(Coughlin’s has a remarkable product catalog, it’s like an object lesson in the potential of niche manufacturing and marketing.)