Having a backpack filled with life’s little necessities (clean underwear, toothbrush, trail mix, etc.) is reassuring. Trying to find something in that backpack in the dead of night under a cloudy sky during the dark of the moon is frustrating. By the time you find what you were looking for, everything else is on the ground, soaking up the rain, the mud, and a plethora of nightcrawlers flooded out of their tunnels.
Solving that problem of not being able to see inside a backpack in the dark is Luce Vivo (Living Light), a 24-hour backpack concept with LED light strips inside the main compartment. When you open the compartment, the LED goes on, allowing you to see what you are digging for. When you close the pocket, the light goes out, presumably as a result of a pressure-sensitive module.
The batteries for this helpful little LED light are powered by a solar panel on the bottom half of the pack. They can also be removed and charged separate from the pack, and the main compartment also contains a USB port. Another USB cord runs through the top of the backpack and into the hardshell strap pocket on the right side, providing easy access for charging cell phones and other handheld electronic necessities.
Designed by Griffin Mullins, who is also the creator of the Helix Lounge Chair (which looks like it is ready to roll at any time, if not rock) and the very James Bondish Scorpion Personal Helicopter designed for the average commuter (count me out, thanks), the Luce Vivo backpack is a perfect example of an “ah-ha” moment in design when function actually impacts form. Though perhaps not as tough as the Solar Backpack from Eclipse Solar Gear which we wrote about last year, the Luce Vivo is definitely more user-friendly. My question: why didn’t somebody think about this sooner? And who is going to design an interior light for a solar-powered purse?