SolMate iPhone 4 Case Is Not Your Typical Solar Charger

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Okay, so solar power chargers aren’t anything new per say, so why should we care about this one? First off, it’s design seems solid and it is from folks who clearly have worked for reputable technology companies in the past. Beyond that, this is highly polished compared to cheaper alternatives (such as Chinese solar solution), and even consists of an additional battery and a 16-bit microcontroller that communicates with a custom iOS app for the SolMate.

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Voltaic Spark: The solar powered iPad case

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The New York-based solar-powered accessory manufacturer Voltaic has now launched a case that will be able to recharge our iPad. The Spark will allow you to recharge your iPad, as well as a number of other mobile devices too through its built-in solar panels, thus allowing for a longer battery life when outdoors.

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Samsung’s Solar powered Netbook to land in the USA in July

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Samsung’s notebook is capable to charge the battery using solar energy only, which means you can use your notebook while enjoying outdoors activities as long as the sun is shining. The device has a solar panel lid which captures solar energy and turns it into electricity.

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Solar bikini joins solar powered flashlight in dumbest green tech

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Those who can’t survive on the beach without their tunes might be interested in New York designer Andrew Schneider’s solar bikini. The bikini can charge a smartphone or media player while the wearer soaks up the sun. It’s now available for custom order on Solar Coterie. The bikini has 40 thin and flexible photovoltaic strips connected by conductive thread, which ends at a USB port. While it looks like it was patched together with a glue gun and a bunch of solar cells, the bikini will cost anywhere from US $500 to $1,500 and up.

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Pixel Qi Tablet Concept Is Powered by $3 Solar Panel

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Pixel Qi, an American company that designs low-power laptop screens, showcased a tablet powered by a small solar panel at Computex Taipei 2011 in Taiwan this week. The panel generates 1W of energy, which is enough to power both the screen and the motherboard on a low-power tablet specially designed by Pixel Qi.

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Molten Salt Could Provide Steady Solar Power Even at Night

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While solar panels can use stored energy from the day to provide power at night, and solar power is absorbed by higher-end solar panels even when it is cloudy, the panels still work best when the sun is shining its brightest. The solution to a steady supply of solar power even on cloudy days and at nighttime might come in the form of molten salt, which is an excellent conductor of heat.

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Samsung Solar Netbook Great Where Power Is Scarce

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While we focus on innovations like Super AMOLED touchscreens and high-resolution cameras, there’s another concern for developing countries: having the power to juice up these gadgets. Samsung is apparently working on a solution to that and it’s going to be a solar-powered netbook.

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