November 29, 2010
Eton Solar/Crank Radio/Charger
Grundig's Eton Solar Radio is so impressive that it made it into this year's Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. At a portable size of 5.25 x 2.5 x 1.75", the water-resistant device has NOAA weather, AM/FM, built-in LED flashlight, USB charger, carabiner clip and a bottle opener. At a price of $50.00, the radio can also be hand-cranked in gloomy weather or at night. A similar model is available for the common masses for $20.00 less.
Via Neiman Marcus
November 22, 2010
Kikkerland Double Rainbow Maker
Having a rainbow in your room is so passé. This year, get a Kikkerland solar-powered Double Rainbow Maker to cheer up anyone's bah, humbug approach to the holidays. Swarovski crystals create the effect while the panel allows the device to revolve and refract light in multiple directions.
November 15, 2010
Solar Toothbrush Zaps Plaque, Stains
The last time we heard the word 'ionic' was in connection with the "Ionic Breeze," a supposedly revolutionary air purifier from Sharper Image that ran silently. At a price that seemed way overpriced for the masses, we expect that this was not a staple in most homes.
So now we find the Soladey Ionic Toothbrush, due out next year, that contains a titanium dioxide rod that is said to generate negatively charged ions (electrons.) It does this from reacting with light and interacting with water and saliva. Further claims say that it needs no toothpaste but will still cut down on plaque and whiten teeth. While a solar toothbrush sounds like a good idea, that introductory $29.95 price sounds a little iffy to us.
November 8, 2010
Logitech Solar Keyboard
Logitech continues to spit out those clever peripherals. This time it is the super-slim wireless Solar Keyboard. Ambient light solar panels are placed on top of the 1/3" device so it needs no charging for up to 3 months. Other features include a 2.4 Nano Unifying receiver, chiclet keys, and plug and play USB set up. The K750 can be preordered now at a price of $79.99.
November 1, 2010
Solar Fridge Developer OBP Honoree
Emily Cummins recently became an Oslo Business for Peace Honouree for the work she has done developing a solar refrigerator that was originally devised by Mohammed Bah Abba with his pot-in-pot refrigerator. Her fridge can be made of cardboard and recycled metal with organic material such as soil or sand placed between the chambers that is soaked in water. The sun warms the material, the water evaporates and the temperature is reduced to 43º, a process that is similar to the way that your body does when it sweats.
The fridge is already being used in various African countries like Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The 23 year-old is the first female and only European to be so honored by the jury of Nobel Prize winners.