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RIP Tobias Wong Answered

Tobias Wong passed away early Sunday morning, May 30. He was 35. This is terrible news as he was a wonderful creator. If you don't know the name, you've probably seen or read about some of his creations. One of which is the Sun Jar which stores energy during the day and uses it to power an LED at night. It has become a classic project here on Instructables.

I am always interested in seeing cool new items that people make and for me Tobias always stood out as someone who could consistently make you think and laugh by making you see something in a new way. Whenever his name would pop up I would eagerly check it out to see what he had made this time.

So when I saw the headline with his name and the years of his life with that sad number "2010" as the final punctuation my heart sank. I never even got to say "thank you" in person.

If you've never heard of Tobias Wong or only know a couple of the things he's done, I urge you to check out more of his creations. It's worth it.

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veggietale (author)2010-06-05
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forumz (author)veggietale2010-06-06

Im not kidding im crying right now... this is very sad news. he was one of the best.

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nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-06-02

:-( to someone I don't even know: R.I.P. How did he pass away? 

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 His death was ruled as a suicide. I heard that he had been battling depression. :(

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Depression? Suicide... How could someone who made a wonderful thing get depressed? Hmm, might be marriage... There are alternatives like locking yourself in a room to cool down, and use the scientific method to solve your problem. Hmm, should read the news more often...

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M.C. Langer (author)2010-06-04

Nunca te conocí, pero eras uno de los nuestros. Tus frascos solares brillarán por siempre en nuestros corazones. Descansa en paz, Tobias Wong. I never met you, but you were one of us. Your Sun Jars will shine forever inside our hearts. Rest in peace, Tobias Wong.

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lemonie (author)mikeasaurus2010-06-03

Thanks, I'll see if I can find my toilet-roll holder. (yes)

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Kiteman (author)mikeasaurus2010-06-03

That's not Tobias Wong.  Cre8tor's sun jar project starts "A solar-powered LED lighted cookie jar reminiscent of the Sun Jar designed by Tobias Wong."

Tobias' original productis for sale here.

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mikeasaurus (author)Kiteman2010-06-03

this kind of things happen when I'm not paying close attention.

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bowmaster (author)2010-06-02

That sucks. He will be missed.

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jeff-o (author)2010-06-02

That's very sad.  :(  A Sun Jar was one of the first projects I ever built, based on his creation.

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Zem (author)2010-06-02

I'm very sad to hear this! R.I.P Tobias. =(

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LardaLot (author)2010-06-01

 sorry to hear it... ive seen many of his creations and ideas. 

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Kryptonite (author)2010-06-01

That's really quite sad, R.I.P. Tobias, maker of Sun Jars.

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