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Solar-powered Aleutia E1 computer

Posted in Computer Components,Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2007

Solar-powered Aleutia E1 computer

The Aleutia E1 is a sturdy environmentally friendly computer built for anyone who wants or needs to live off the grid. Perfect for aid workers in third world countries, or just some guy living in a remote shack. Even with a 10″ display, it only uses 18 watts power. That’s about a quarter of the power used by a typical laptop. It’s not just an energy saver. It’s also built to be tough, with no moving parts and an aluminum case, so it can survive being dropped.

Looking a bit like an old stereo, the Aleutia uses a built-in solar panel to get the juice it needs. Off the grid means no plugging anything in anywhere. It runs Puppy Linux as an OS, and can handle office, web, and multimedia applications. Of course you can do things like listen to mp3′s and make pdf documents, but you can also play Tetris and Risk, which will help kill the boredom of being off the grid.

Solar-powered toothbrush eliminates toothpaste

Posted in Solar Powered by Chetz on November 28th, 2007

Solar powered toothbrushThis next evolution in the toothbrush will undoubtedly cause much hatred within the Crest and Colgate companies. A Japanese company called Shiken has made a prototype solar-powered toothbrush that would eliminate the need to squeeze out a bit of toothpaste every time you brush your teeth. The Soladey-J3X is a toothbrush that holds a titanium dioxide rod in the brush tip underneath the bristles. When you put the brush into your mouth you get the bristles wet, which also wets the rod which then releases electrons. The electrons then react to the mouth’s natural acid which breaks down the plaque that accumulates from the natural bacteria found inside that hole at the front of your face.

Boating in the future

Posted in Concepts,Solar Powered by Chetz on November 17th, 2007

volitan.jpgJust as the automobile manufacturers are thinking about the next generation of cleaner, more efficient automobiles so too are the boat makers. This concept design for a future boat is called the Volitan and it comes from a Turkish architectural design company called Designnobis Studio. Made with lightweight materials the Volitan does away with traditional billowy sails in favor of two solar collector columns that gather light from the sun and also utilize wind power. It kind of looks like an X-Wing floating on the water and just like Luke Skywalker’s spaceship from “Star Wars” the Volitan’s solar wings can raise up and down but also go one step better and turn around to better collect the energy and/or wind power. Two small stabilizer wings are affixed to the lower side of the Volitan’s body which help it stay afloat even in storms that blow up to 60 knots. Small rudders in the stabilizers can allow the captain to turn the craft on a dime.

Don’t go green, go Orange instead

Posted in Headsets,Solar Powered by Chetz on November 12th, 2007

iqua 603 Sun solar powered headsetEveryone is thinking of new ways to reduce our energy consumption needs with renewable sources of power. Solar technology is one of the cleanest of these new forms of energy since all of the power comes from sunlight and there are zero emissions. Who complains about the sun being too noisy or creating smog? There has been solar powered cars, homes, ships and even flashlights but until now there has never been a solar powered mobile phone headset.

British-based phone retailer Orange has unveiled the world’s first ever solar powered Bluetooth headset called the Iqua 603 Sun. If you’re exposed to the sun the cells on the top of the headset will keep it fully charged for all your talking needs. If you work indoors or in the dark a fully charged battery will give you nine hours of talk time or 200 hours in standby mode. The solar cells are sensitive enough to pick up indirect sunlight as well which will boost your talk time to 12 hours. The volume control is on the side and just one button will let you answer or end a call or redial a number.

Solar powered capsule

Posted in Concepts,Solar Powered by Chetz on October 4th, 2007

Capsuli solar powered capsuleHere’s something that every emergency kit shouldn’t be without. The Capsuli is a concept design for a tiny rechargeable solar powered LED light that produces a great amount of light. Eight Capsulis are housed on a package that has a solar cell strip so they are powered up when needed. When you pop out a Capsuli you give the LED a slight twist and it turns on, immediately providing a burst of white light bright enough to see your surroundings. How many hours of light long would each Capsuli give off? A good question to be certain and one that isn’t answered on the original site along with an estimate of the price a Capsuli pack would be in the real world. We think it would be great fun to take 30 or 50 Capsulis, twist them on and then scatter them across a beach at night. Of course we care about the environment and we wouldn’t just leave them there…

Summertime jellyfish

Posted in Concepts,Lamps,Solar Powered by Chetz on September 30th, 2007

Medusa pool light is a solar lamp that floats in swimming poolsOf course it’s the fall and the days of summer are fast falling behind us but before you pack up the pool equipment there is one final thingy we want to show you. This is the Medusa pool light, a solar autonomous floating lamp for swimming pools. Toss one of these organic looking devices into your backyard pool and it will light up the water for your nighttime swims. The tentacles look to be made from fiber optics and gently twist and turn around in the current. The great thing about it is that since it gets all of its energy from the sun you never need to charge it up.

Boblbee Waterproof, Shockproof, Solar iPod Dock

Posted in Chargers,iPod Accessories,Solar Powered,Waterproof by Darrin Olson on August 18th, 2007

Boblbee solar powered, waterproof ipod dock and chargerIt’s always refreshing to see an iPod accessory that actually looks useful; case in point: the Boblbee solar-powered iPod case. The Boblbee case completely encloses your iPod protecting it in a waterproof, shockproof cocoon of safeness. The case also acts as a charger drawing its electricity from the sun for you outdoor enthusiasts, miles away from any power outlets.

It’s not the most streamlined looking case and will definitely add some bulk to your MP3 player, but it will also potentially give you continuous, uninterrupted listening time outdoors, sun permitting. According to the company, the Boblbee can charge an iPod in around 8-10 hours when the solar panel on it’s back is exposed to the sun. If your player can last through the dark hours then the music would never stop. The device also has two 3.5mm headphone jacks to allow …

Solor Powered Electric Razor

Posted in Home,Solar Powered by Quagmire on July 25th, 2007

Solar powered electric razorThe electric razor from Sabeco uses non other than rays from the sun to charge up its batteries, saving on the environment and making things more convenient for you. An electric razor in your glove box works great for anyone that grows facial hair fast enough to need a touch up after 5 o’clock, or for those days that you go to work wearing the same clothes you had on the day before.

The only problem is you have to remember to charge it once in a while and of course it will run out of juice at the time when you need it most. With this solar powered razor you can simply set it in on your dashboard or out in the sun when your camping and to keep it charged and ready to go, never needing to bring it inside for charging.

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Portable Universal Solar Charger from Brando

Posted in Chargers,Solar Powered by Darrin Olson on June 24th, 2007

Universal Solar Charger from BrandoBrando has a new portable solar powered charger in their catalog that appears to be a fairly handy device. It measures only 137mm long and weighs a mere 240 grams which makes for a nice and compact fold-out package.

The charger uses solar power to charge up an internal battery that then can be used to power or charge your gadgets. It has a number of adapters from the standard USB output port to fit different types of gadgets, but what’s probably most notable is the fact that you can vary the output voltage to four different settings from 4.5V to 9V to comply with your particular devices circuitry.

If you’re stuck in a place without sun you can also charge the battery up from a standard AC outlet and some LED light indicators show the charge status of the internal battery when …

Solar Powered Surfing

Posted in Outdoors,Solar Powered,Wi-Fi by Chetz on June 5th, 2007

Meraki Outdoor Wifi Repeater with solar powerFor those of us looking to provide a low cost solution for wireless internet access, either for our own personal usage or for your family and friends, Meraki’s new Outdoor Repeater and Solar Accessory Kit is probably what you are looking for.

For $99 you get the Repeater which will transmit the signal up to 700 feet, perfect for downloading files while you’re at the park across the road or on the other side of the neighborhood. The Solar Accessory Kit lets the Repeater broadcast its signal without any electrical connection and it can distribute the power consumption to make sure that it’s powered up and ready during peak usage times.

Our thinking is that this kind of solution would be great for a small office, school, students living in a dorm or wherever. The hardware also comes with Meraki’s Dashboard …

Freeloader Solar Charger

Posted in Chargers,Solar Powered by Reuben Drake on May 20th, 2007

Freeloader Solar ChargerThe Freeloader Solar Charger has an internal, replaceable battery that charges up from either the devices built-in solar panels or through a USB cable connected to a computer. With five hours of solar charging or 3 hours of USB charging the Freeloader has enough juice to power an iPod for 18 hours, a mobile phone for almost 2 days or a Sony PSP for two and a half hours.

The device is only just under 5 inches long, weighs about 6.5 ounces and looks like it would be a handy tool if your spending any extended amount of time in the outdoors and away from power outlets in order to keep your gadgets charged. Just leave the solar panels in the sun to charge up it’s battery during the day and charge up your devices at night. This portable charger comes with the USB cable for …

Solar Car Battery Charger

Posted in Automotive,Solar Powered by Reuben Drake on March 6th, 2007

Solar car battery charge keeps from getting a dead batteryCar batteries are something that no one wants to let run down. Whether we might use it up fiddling with the GPS system too much or just generally mucking around the car, the towing bill that we will inevitably have to pay just takes all the fun out of it.

ICP Solar has come to the rescue and produced a solar panel that will help to charge your car battery. The new “Sunsei SolarCharger” will keep your car battery charged using energy from the Sun. Naturally the panel must be placed on the dashboard or attached to the windshield. With its ‘Trickle-Down’ feature, the solar panel will never overcharge the 12-volt battery in your car.

This neat little gadget may end up saving you quite a few bucks. We all know that there is nothing more frustrating than coming …

Sprint Announces MOTO Q Offering

Posted in Mobile Phones,Motorola,News,Solar Powered,Sprint by Darrin Olson on January 4th, 2007

Sprint Announces Release of Moto QToday Sprint announced plans to offer the MOTO Q by Motorola for release later this month to Sprint business customers and online. Sprint will be offering the MOTO Q in all sales channels and in Sprint stores in February.

“Life today goes beyond the home or office. The Motorola Q operating on the Sprint Power Vision Network gives our customers the power of information that moves with them in a sleek, ultra-thin form factor,” said Danny Bowman, vice president of customer equipment for Sprint. “And with a Sprint Power Vision Access pack, available for as low as $15 per month, Sprint customers have the power do more for less each month.”

The MOTO Q is a broadband smart device that runs on the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone platform. Although the hardware is basically the same, Sprint has some unique offerings with …

Voltaic Solar Backpack Recharges Your Gadgets

Posted in Apparel,Outdoors,Solar Powered by Chetz on January 2nd, 2007

Voltaic Systems Solar Powered BackpackTraveling can sometimes make it difficult to keep gadgets charged up, especially when hiking or spending time in remote areas. This backpack from Voltaic Systems has three durable, waterproof solar panels across the back of it which generate up to 4 watts of power, which is plenty to charge up your things.

Inside the backpack there are channels that run throughout the pack and shoulder straps to run wires through which can power and charge various items. A 2,200mAh Li-Ion battery and eleven adapters also come with the Voltaic Backpack to hook up to a wide variety of gadgets and run them temporarily with no power source. The battery has three different voltage settings available to store the solar power.

When riding in the car or indoors, the solar backpack also contains adapters to charge your gadgets and it’s battery through a standard …

i-Blue757 Solar Powered GPS Receiver

Posted in Bluetooth,GPS,Solar Powered by Darrin Olson on December 29th, 2006

i-Blue757 Solar Powered Bluetooth GPS ReceiverTransystems have come out with another small GPS receiver to take with on your travels, but this one can gather it’s power from the sun. The iBlue757 GPS receiver has a built-in rechargeable battery that supplies up to 26 hours of up time on a 3 hour charge, but it also has an added solar panel to add countless hours of operation to this device.

It transfers data wirelessly via Bluetooth, so you will need a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or PDA with your mapping software to send this information to. The site also says it’s compatible with TomTom Mobile Navigation software.

The whole GPS receiver with battery and solar panel included only weighs 105 grams, and allows you to have a nice compact receiver that won’t run out of juice. Now you just have to make sure that your device running your …