Hot or what?

Published on February 28th, 2012
Hot or what?

Okay, so you’ve probably heard of solar-powered devices, but we’re pretty sure you haven’t heard about these five crazy (but smart) gadgets:

1. Sun Table

Have you ever considered how much energy you waste every day in your own back yard? Well, two New York product designers named Devang A. Shah and Mike Low did exactly that, and that’s why they came up with the Sun Table. This pretty smart (but not very pretty) table is covered with cells that can capture and store solar energy. You can then use this energy to power your cellphone, laptop, radio, lights and other household gadgets. It’s weather-resistant – so you can leave it outdoors – and it stores enough energy to power a laptop for over four hours. Now that’s what we call a bright idea… Visit http://suntable.netfor more info.

2. Self-Energy-Converting sunglasses

Okay, so they look a little futuristic, but maybe that’s because they are… Created by two eco-designers named Hyun-Joong Kim and Kwang-Seok Jeong, these Self-Energy Converting (or SIG) Sunglasses don’t just protect your eyes from the sun – they use its rays to power small gadgets like your cellphone and MP3 player. How? Using dye solar cells on the lenses to collect the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. Visit www.igreenspot.com/sig-a-self-energy-converting-sunglassesfor more info.

3. Solar powered toy

He may not be as useful as the Sun Table or the SIG Sunglasses, but we think the Solar Frightened Grasshopper is still a pretty cool gadget. Put him in the sun and he’ll try to scurry back into the shade, where of course, he’ll stop because there’s no sunlight to make him jump around. Simple, but smart. Visit www.owirobot.com/products/Frightened-Grasshopper.htmlfor more info.

4. Solar-powered clothes

If technology is more important to you than fashion, you might be interested in getting yourself a solar-powered bikini or tie. With built-in solar panels, these items can power your gadgets while you’re at school or on the beach. Just remember to dry your bikini really well before plugging anything in … Visit www.gizmag.com/solar-powered-tie-to-charge-your-mobile-phone/9837/picture/49648 or www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1393434/iKini-Plug-iPod-solar-powered-bikini.html for more info.

5. E-tomb

(We don’t have a pic of this one…)

Soon, people won’t even have to be alive to benefit from a little solar smartness. E-Tomb is a solar-powered headstone that stores all a person’s online info (from social networks, blogs, websites and so on) and then shares it with people who visit the grave via their smartphones or computers. Friends can even upload new info, helping to keep the deceased person’s memory alive for, well, as long as the sun keeps shining … Visit http://theweek.com/article/index/209678/the-etomb-social-networking-from-six-feet-under for more info.