June 25, 2012
A team from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has been studying the possibility of harvesting solar power underwater. It's true! Because now the only way to power up devices below the surface of water is with batteries, developing this science could benefit communication systems, environmental monitoring and other applications.
Currently this can only occur about 2 ½ feet down and they are working on changing this to a depth of 30 feet. Instead of silicon cells, the researchers are using gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) to maximize light absorption. Don't expect to see the results in the near future, just know that the military is continuing to use our tax dollars to create alternate power sources.
June 18, 2012
Etón Rukus' Portable Bluetooth Sound System features a 40" sq. high-efficiency monocrystal solar panel and a Li-ion battery, perfect for travelers, campers or picnickers. With an e-ink display, it has a convenient USB port for mobile device charging and playing. Two wireless 14W speakers have 2 1/4"-diameter drivers and bass boost. It takes 6 hours to fully charge by sun for 8 hours of play. Available in black, green or white, the system comes with an AC adapter. Purchase now and you get 3 months of free tunes from the subscription service MOG.
Via Eton Rukus
June 11, 2012
The Solar Impulse made a successful transcontinental 20 hour trip from Madrid to Morocco last week. Balloonist Bertrand Piccard flew the plane that is fitted with 12,000 solar cells on its wings. The landing point was selected to bring attention to Morocco's soon to be constructed solar farm that will produce 2,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2020. The plane's next flight will be around the planet in 2014 with five stops included.
Via Solar Impulse
June 4, 2012
Bondidea has devised a Solar Wireless Mouse that is compatible with PC, Mac and Linux. At a maximum of 1600 DPI, you get high-res operation that may take some time to master so fortunately it is adjustable. It comes with a wireless USB dongle and can run on a single battery if your computer usage tends to be more in the dark than in sunshine filled rooms. The Bondidea Mouse carries a $36 MSRP.
Via Bondidea (translated)