One of the most frustrating parts of living on the first floor is the limited amounts of natural light you get access too. Even when it's bright and sunny outside, neighboring buildings, trees, and window angles dim things inside. What if you could take the natural sunlight outside and redirect it into your living space?
Sundolier has designed a robotic skylight that minimizes heat gain or loss, while reflecting rays down into dark rooms. How does it work? The Sundolier unit is mounted on a roof, taking up only 3.3 square feet. A two-axis mount tracks the sun, concentrating the light and reflecting it down a two foot tube. The light is then distributed through a specially designed lamp. A single Sundolier unit, the manufacturer claims, can illuminate 1,000-2,500 square feet.
This is a great solution for people who can't build skylights because of where they're located withing a building, or for people who don't want to deal with the heat gain and loss that accompanies a skylight. Currently it looks like the Sundolier is only available on a commercial project basis, but lets hope daylighting, as it's called, catches on and a residential solution is designed.