A Japanese company has developed a highly portable backup generator which uses a flexible solar panel to fit 40W of power into a 3kg package. The OS GSR-110B combines a 24W internal rechargeable battery with a 16W solar panel that pulls 1.2m from the side of the unit.
The Sign phone concept, designed by Joseph K. Lee, is a sweet piece of vapor technology. Ideas like this are what keep us looking forward into the horizon of tomorrow with joy. With technologies like capacitive touch pads, Active Matrix Organic LED screens, and high-efficiency solar panels married together into this sleek looking phone, how can you go wrong?
What wins wars? Fuel. Have you ever seen or read the investigation titled "Guns, Germs, and Steel?" It's all about how the most common root between all successful societies is climate zone, the ability to grow crops and settle have made all great groups prosper. Here's a microcosm of that - US Marines using solar panels, cutting their fuel consumption by 90 percent. You think groups with fewer resources have the same ability to save energy? There's a plateau these troops have reached that just make them better, isn't there? The fuel they're saving is diesel fuel, and the place they're sitting is Afghanistan.
Solar power is becoming a common addition to some gadgets. Yet, it's mostly tied to accessories that charge our more important devices, rather than being an integral part of them. That looks to be changing for at least one company, as Apple has recently been awarded a patent for solar-powered devices. Generally speaking, the patent describes solutions for charging devices that range from smartphones, to laptops and tablet devices, courtesy of solar power.
As we move into the technology age we are becoming more and more attached to our devices and would like to bring them more places. Soultra has helped with this want and has announced plans for their solar powered Soultra XL sound system.
Integrating eco-friendly features into our every day things may be one of the best ways to actually implement the technology, along with the way of life, especially for those who haven't embraced the movement. For something like the Hydroleaf Shelter, it's a great and easy way to provide clean, drinkable water for those who might be waiting for a bus, or other forms of public transportation. Or simply just need a drink.
For a concept design to become real, and find its way into consumers all over the world, it needs money. That's where Kickstarter comes in. A service designed to help creators find the means to get their ideas off the ground, and hopefully onto shelves where people can actually buy them. We've seen an iPod Nano watch hit the big time thanks to Kickstarter, and now a solar-powered portable gadget charger is looking for some funding. Designed by Eric Strebel, it's a simple device with a lot of potential.
As far as concepts for cellphones and smartphones go, they can be pretty creative. As most concepts are, truth be told. But usually, they tend to have a few features in there that we'd love to see in our actual pocketable devices. For example, ZTE Corporation's concept design for the Double smartphone, which has the same features that plenty of today's favorite designs have, but also throws in plenty of interesting aspects that would probably be great additions for our smartphones of the future.
Solar power is a hot topic for those who want to be eco-friendly. Or, for those who just want to find ways to save on energy bills. But, it looks like insects in the animal kingdom know how to take advantage of the sun in a more direct way, too. It's been recently discovered that the Oriental Hornet, which features an iconic yellow strip around the hornet's abdomen, is actually solar powered.
When you're aiming to break records, there's no reason to just aim for one, when you knock a couple of them down in one try. That's what the owner of the TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar powered boat, is trying to do. He's already got the record for the world's largest solar powered boat, and now he is aiming to be the first person to sail around the globe without using any fossil fuels at all.