As I pointed out many times before, I am a dedicated follower of the sun, never leave out the opportunity to get my daily does of sun rays for my body and my solar bag, a companion that is always with me, harvesting tirelessly sun power for my little gadgets.
Designer Weng Jie created recently a concept design putting flexible solar panels into a camera strap. These straps, which every DSL user knows, are wide to distribute the heavy camera load to make it more comfortable to carry around the camera. This wide size and the outwards to the light/sun pointing surface makes them a perfect place for utilizing it as a solar power harvesting area.
Weng envisions to have storage batteries at each end of the strap and a DC out connector to feed electrical power to the cameras battery.
I did a quick surface are calculation, based on his sketch, usable for placing a flexible solar panel would be good enough to generate 6V with 100mA using standard flexible solar panels. Quite a lot power to generate via the camera strap.
I love the brilliance of this idea, again using common items of our daily life and spice it up with a bit of soft technology.
The solar power camera strap is only a concept design right now but I am hopeful to see this in the camera accessory section in retail shops soon.
[via: Yanko Design]