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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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The Daily Slash: June 16th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 16th 2010

So, how's the middle of your week going for you so far? Did you even realizes it's already Wednesday? We had to double-check our calendars, truth be told. But, here we are, nearing the end of another week, filled-to-the-brim with stuff that's just got to be told. In tonight's edition of The Daily Slash, where we sift through The Best of R3 Media first, we have access to Swype's beta finally, some hands-on time with the HP ePrint, and Nokia's just now realizing they've got some competition. In the Dredge 'Net, it looks like T-Mobile's not getting the iPhone, someone made a real-life Stargate, and meet the first solar hybrid air conditioner.

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HP producing flexible watchphones for US army

HP producing flexible watchphones for US army

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.

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Helmet Can Charge Your Cell Phone Thanks to Solar Power

Helmet Can Charge Your Cell Phone Thanks to Solar Power

When it comes to charging things while on the go, having access to the ability is pretty important. Especially as more and more devices get released. But, we're of the mind that the devices that charge our other devices need to be even remotely practical. We'll leave it up to you on whether or not a helmet that can charge your cell phones is practical or not.

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Casio G-Shock GW-3000B & GA-100 Review

Casio G-Shock GW-3000B & GA-100 Review

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.

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MIT’s Printed paper solar cells could be installed with “a staple gun”

MIT’s Printed paper solar cells could be installed with “a staple gun”

Today, solar panels can be fragile, unwieldy to install and expensive; in a decade's time we could be wallpapering the outside of our houses with them.  Researchers at MIT have created an inkjet-style printing technology that can lay carbon-based organic semiconductor solar cells down onto a paper substrate, one of the headline breakthroughs that coincides with the opening of their new multi-million dollar Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Research Center.  According to center director Vladimir Bulovic, it paves the way for a time where people "could use a staple gun to install a solar panel."

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Solar City Tower promises huge waterfall for Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympics

Solar City Tower promises huge waterfall for Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympics

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.

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Novothink Solar Surge for iPhone and iPod touch debuts

Novothink Solar Surge for iPhone and iPod touch debuts

One day I hope that all my gadgets get power from the sun or other methods that don’t require me to remember to plug them in. I like my iPhone, but the thing sucks down power when I play games on it like a boozehound with a fresh six-pack. If you are out all day with your iPhone or iPod touch and want some extra juice, Novothink has a new solar charger called the Solar Surge that is just for you.

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