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(04/21/14) - Consider it a 21st Century take on the classic lava lamp - the Ion - and it was created by three students at Kettering University.
"It's a music detecting mood light, and it'll react to anything it hears. It can be controlled by a smartphone and it'll react with any notification that you get on your smartphone," said Bill Lindeman, Kettering University student.
That includes calls and text messages.
Billy Lindeman, Eric Barch, and Eric Salem came up with idea through Kettering's entrepreneurial society. They believe it's the perfect item for a college dorm room or office desktop - and even disc jockey's can put it to good use.
"Our company is all about making your phone the remote control of the world, so this is kind of like one of the progressions we came up with," Barch said.
Pre-orders will soon be accepted, with a starting price of $199. The guys plan to spend the summer making each one by hand, right on Kettering's campus.
To help put Ion into production, these Kettering students launched a massive Kickstarter campaign, and you're not going to believe this - in less than two weeks, they raised more than $50,000.
"We wanted 20,000 dollars to get this manufactured. Once we saw the numbers going up, we just couldn't believe it."
Those donations continue to pour in from complete strangers across globe.
"Germany, France, the UK, all over Europe, I think we had one in Australia, and all over the United States," Salem said.
The guys say the Ion will be the first of many projects developed by their recently formed Lava corporation.
"We're hoping to keep going strong, and make more products. Whether we make new lighting products like this, bigger, better, or do something completely different," Salem said.
The Ion Kickstarter campaign runs for another week or so. To visit the campaign, click HERE.