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Bike Arc’s Car Arc Solar Powered Car Port Keeps Your Electric Cars and Bikes Charged

Bike Arc’s Car Arc Solar Powered Car Port Keeps Your Electric Cars and Bikes Charged

While other car manufacturers out there find ways to make electric cars lighter, along with new ways to implement the battery within them, there's still the issue of keeping them charged now. For Bike Arc, which has made a name for itself by making new ways to stay eco-friendly, keeping your electric car charged is an easy thing to do thanks to their brand new Car Arc solar powered car port.

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Ecoball Portable Speakers Offer Solar Powered Built-In Battery

Ecoball Portable Speakers Offer Solar Powered Built-In Battery

Battery life is a cruel mistress. Some of our favorite gadgets offer up a battery life that is respectable, and that we don't necessarily have to worry about if we were to, you know, go outside. But others just don't. And that's why charging them while we're on the go is essential for some people. That's where solar power excels, as it gives us the ability to charge some of our gadgets by utilizing the power of the sun. And that's one of the main points of the Ecoball project.

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World’s first directly solar powered air conditioning system unveiled in China

World’s first directly solar powered air conditioning system unveiled in China

In many southern states like Texas, we have the opposite problem that folks in northern states with respect to keeping our homes at a tolerable temperature. In the summer the heat reaches such high temperatures that, a home without air conditioning can literally kill people. In the north, the cold winters can kill. In Texas, the cost of running an AC system in the hot months of the summer can run hundreds of dollars for cooling alone.

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Solar Power Toothbrush is Real, Destroys Bacteria with Electrons

Solar Power Toothbrush is Real, Destroys Bacteria with Electrons

We don't know why we didn't think of it first. A solar powered toothbrush is exactly what we need. After all, your toothbrush sees the rays of the sun all the time, right? Oddly enough --or perhaps not--, we imagined that reading about a solar powered toothbrush wouldn't be interesting enough to give a second glance to, but sure enough, scientists over in Japan have managed to pique our interest. After all, if you create a toothbrush that's energized by solar power and can literally destroy bacteria without toothpaste, well, you deserve some attention.

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Sony Eclipse Concept Design Offers Solar Powered Wireless Media Management

Sony Eclipse Concept Design Offers Solar Powered Wireless Media Management

As far as concepts go, this one's sitting at the top of the hill, at least until it gets dethroned soon enough. Brought to you by Sony, the Eclipse is designed to give you a truly wireless, and eco-friendly way to manage --and listen to-- your media. And considering we know we're not the only ones out there that hate wires, we imagine that something like this would be a smash hit.

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USB Solar Charging 4-Port Hub with Flashlight Now Available for $22

USB Solar Charging 4-Port Hub with Flashlight Now Available for $22

Every been out and about, and realized that you forgot your car charger? And then you realize your phone is about to die (or, maybe you realized both things at the same time). So, what do you do? Ask some store around you, or perhaps the person you're with, if they know what to do? Well, what if you had a small USB hub on you at all times? One that's solar powered, no less? That would just solve all of your problems, now wouldn't it?

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The Daily Slash: July 8th 2010

The Daily Slash: July 8th 2010

Thursday night -- the night before the end of the work week. We can feel the excitement. Can you? Well, unless your work week is just getting started, or doesn't even start until this weekend. Then we feel your pain. But let's try to focus on the fun tonight, shall we? Welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. In the Best of R3 Media, we've got a new release date for the Vibrant, Apple may have used their kill switch, and Opera Mini's been updated. And then in the Dredge 'Net, a solar plane flies 26 hours, AQUA2 is another aquatic robot, and a foldable bike exists.

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Uplink Audio Strap System Makes Solar Panels Flexible Enough to Take Jogging

Uplink Audio Strap System Makes Solar Panels Flexible Enough to Take Jogging

If you're someone who likes to run, whether for fun or exercise (or both), then you know that while headphones are currently the best way to take your music, or whatever it is your listen to, with you, there's always got to be options. And, thanks to this new concept, we can safely say that someone out there will probably be super excited about this. No, it's definitely not as light weight as, say, an MP3 player, or even as unobtrusive as headphones (like these were giving away, right now!), but this shoulder-pad looking device has its endearing features, too.

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Solar camera strap concept ideal for sunshine shutterbugs

Solar camera strap concept ideal for sunshine shutterbugs

As concepts go, here's one we wouldn't be surprised to see sprout into a commercial release in the very near future.  Weng Jie's solar camera strap is designed to not only let photographers eke out a few more shots, but to do so making use of the sun's energy rather than bulky external power packs.

Rather sensibly, the strap basically replaces the neck cord most DSLR users wear to keep their cameras readily to hand with a solar-cell encrusted version.  Clipping on to the camera's mounting points as normal, it would also have a DC plug to gradually top-up the DSLR's battery during use.  Of course you'd need sufficient sun to make it worthwhile, so indoor photographers probably shouldn't bother, but anyone out and about should be able to hammer through a few more frames at least.

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Greendix’s Soccer Ball is Powered by the Sun

Greendix’s Soccer Ball is Powered by the Sun

Solar power can charge a lot of different things out there, and now we know that they can bend to make whatever shape we want. So, with that in mind, why wouldn't someone out there create the world's first-ever solar powered soccer ball? When we first heard about it, we were pretty confused: why, exactly, would a soccer ball need to be powered by the sun? Well, thankfully the answer is pretty outstanding.

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