The problem with solar panels today it's that they simply can’t capture enough of the suns free power to really do what most of us want them too. What's the point of a solar installation on your car or gadgets if it only captures enough juice for a tiny amount of usable power.
We can safely say that there's all sorts of implementations for solar power. Even today, we saw what it could do for a soccer ball. But, let's take things a bit bigger, shall we? Start looking at the big picture, more or less. And with as grand of plans as the European Union seems to have, it may not get any bigger than this.
If you are the green type that happens to have a home that uses a terracotta roof, a new green product is available for you. Traditional terracotta tiles are made from red clay like a pot you might plant flowers in on the patio.
Watch-phones may teeter on the border between awesome and awful, but HP's latest project for the US military sounds like it might definitely fall into the former category. The company is apparently creating a custom next-generation watch that has - inevitably - been internally nicknamed the "Dick Tracy watch", and will use a new flexible display that can show maps and other strategic information while on the battlefield.
There's no doubt that portable solar powered chargers are making a decisive introduction into the portable charging market. And for all intents and purposes, it's a perfect addition to the market. And we're fans of the "fans" that are getting released recently. While ActionTec managed to steal our hearts with a larger version of what we're seeing here, we've got to admit that in this case, smaller is definitely better.
Casio's G-Shock watch line has a strong pedigree and an equally strong following, ranging from affordable models for those who simply want to pay a little and get a sturdy, shockproof timepiece all the way to more expensive, feature-packed models. We've two such extremes on the SlashGear testbench today: the gravity-shunning Casio G-Shock GW-3000 and the sub-$100 G-Shock GA-100. Check out the full review after the cut.
If there's one thing that Rio de Janeiro has been short of these past years, it's a huge solar powered waterfall standing 105m above sea level. In fact, you could argue that most places lack one, but architects RAFAA reckon Rio de Janeiro deserve the Solar City Tower for the 2016 Olympic Games. The waterfall is actually the showier side of a solar power plant which, RAFAA reckon, would supply enough energy to help make the Games carbon-neutral.
Using solar power is nothing new, we have seen several solar chargers and other gear that can use the power of the sun to charge its batteries and operate. A circuit that can actually power itself using sunlight has been developed by researchers and it could change the technology world someday.