Sun power on the go for iPad

Voltaic Systems, the company that started the light-weight, flexible solar power integration into bags is soon offering a tablet case for iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and other tablets hitting the market soon. Drawing on the experience Voltaic gained over the past years about solar power on the go, the Spark Tablet Case promises 1 hour…

Solar power camera strap

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…

Solar Energy curtain

Connecting to yesterdays article of solar power harvesting fabrics for sun management outside I found an interesting design concept for sun light management indoors. The Energy curtain designed by Anders Ernevi, Margot Jacobs, Ramia Mazé, Carolin Müller, Johan Redström and Linda Worbin at the Interactive Institute, a Swedish experimental media research institute that combines expertise…

The power of fabric

Regular reader of talk2myShirt will know my special love of having Solar power in my bags. I am fascinated from the possibility flexible, super thin solar panels which can be seamless integrated into fabrics without altering it, allowing applications conventional, glass based solar panels with a rigid metal frame do not offer. A comprehensive overview…

Charging station in a biker helmet

According to an article from SiliconIndia, students at Nirma University designed a helmet that doubles as electricity generator. How? Firstly there are solar panels covering the helmet converting solar energy into electrical energy. As backup power generator for rainy days or after sunset the students Pragnesh Dudhaiya and Aalok Bhatt envision the use of wind…

Not fashionable but functional wearable solar power

Wearable electronic is often associated with being not fashionable enough, looking ‘geeky’ and functional. I have to admit some commercial products and concept designs confirm this association but there is a growing number of commercial as well as concept designs showing the fusion of technology and fashion can enrich both: the use of technology in…

SunnyBag – chic solar power for the Business Pro

Sunnybag is a new line of exclusive shoulder bags with integrated, flexible solar panels made by Austrian company Ponsold. The first model available is the ‘Business Pro‘, made of finest dark brown cow-skin leather and includes a 1600mAh Li-Ion battery pack, 2 flexible solar panels with 3 watts of power output, connectors to more than…

Zegna Ecotech Solar Jacket

Italian’s high end fashion brand  Ermenegildo Zegna is making a big impact again in the innovative, technology enhanced fashion arena with the launch of the Ecotech Solar Jacket as part of the Zegna Sport collection. Almost 2 years after Zegna introduced the first top brand solar jacket in the market, the Solar JKT which had…

SolarStrap – wearable solar power module

Finland based Suntrica is a young company exploring the possibilities of thin, lightweight solar panels as wearable add-on solution for clothing and bags. An interesting idea as such self-containing add-on module allows to quickly and easily move it from one bag to another, leave it at home when no sun is shining. Personally I like…

DIY Solar Power from Voltaic

Good news for DIY enthusiasts: more and more companies offer components from their product portfolio for DIY projects making it easy to explore their latest technologies. Voltaic, well known as pioneer of solar power bags has added a DIY Solar Project Site offering solar panels, battery packs and a huge selection of connectors (it’s shocking…

Solar power pure

I spend a lot of time outside with plenty of sinshine during my travel across Europe while my solar bag is doing a nice job in sucking the sun power to give me the ‘extra mile’ on battery power for my gadgets. Being around Europe I came across another company located in Switzerland having a…

Powerbrella – thin, flexible Solar power

Solar textiles might still be a bit far away but flexible, thin film solar panel material like Konarka a leader in the flexible solar film market is developing, provide a option to integrate solar power charging function into clothing and bags. A smart and environmentally interesting product, the Powerbrella™ is the latest development Konarka is…

Sense and sensibility of Solar charging bags and clothing

During the past few days, portable solar charging for cell-phones have made the news rounds as a couple of cell-phones with solar panels on one side have been introduced during last weekends MWC (Mobile Wireless Congress) in Spain. While the idea to make self charging, power grid independent devices is highly appreciative, the sensibility of…

Solar Buddy from Sakku

Heated clothing is a hot item in our coverage at the moment especially helpful in the northern parts of the world but we should not forget another hot item – solar charging bags – useful and practical in the warmer regions of the world and of course useful as well during sunny winter times as…

Solar charging phone pouch – Nokia style

I found a photo on Flickr from blogger Yuhui showing a very elegant looking Nokia concept of a solar charging phone pouch he has seen during his visit to the Nokia Open Lab 2008 event last month. Although I couldn’t find more specific information about this solar power pouch, I still want to share it…

Smart designed Solar power Clothing

Solar jackets and bags are hot items, they are in line with our increased environmental awareness and can give us the extra hour of talk time or Net surfing we need so baldly for our digital life. Integrating solar cells into clothing or bags can be a style challenge as those solar cells come mostly…

Solar Buddy bag from Sakku

Solar bag manufacturer Sakku from Switzerland has added a new model to their Solar bag range called ‘Buddy’. This little sunshine Buddy comes in many rainbow colors to match the bright and sunny mood of summer time. As in their previous solar bags, Sakku uses again recycled materials for the bags, offering 100% environmentally sound…

Voltaic Generator selling now?

The much hyped Voltaic Generator Laptop bag, capable of delivering enough solar power to drive a laptop, seems to have a very slow start in hitting the stores. It’s been a very long time now that we see the ‘Shipping Soon’ message on Voltaic’s Website and although solar cells do not need summer time to…

Hot Solar Totes from Noon

The hottest Solar bags on the planet come from Noon Solar. Bold statement but proven to be true with their latest solar bag models: the brand new Oakley Solar Tote and the 2008 Cortland Solar Tote model. Excellent news also for everyone who waited for an online shop to get the hands into one of…

Solar power for biker

When talking about solar bags we usually write about Solar Totes, Solar Messenger bags, Solar Backpacks but we never looked at Solar Bike bags which actually make a lot of sense considering they are most of the time directly facing the sun or at least the bright side of life. I would think that Solar…

Solar power curtain

We are used to see solar panels in bags where they work as fashionable and practical energy sources on the go. Using the same technology on curtains is a fairly new application field. The much larger area a curtain offers to catch sun light and convert it to electrical energy makes perfect sense considering one…

Portable Light – Wearable Electronic for the Other 90%

I am ‘borrowing’ part of my headline from an initiative of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City which run last year an exhibition called: ‘Design for the other 90%‘. This exhibition touched on the fact that most cutting edge technological developments are accessible to only 10% of the world population while the other…

Italian solar fashion from Ennio Capasa

The magic or practicality of renewable energy provided by sun light and transforming it into electrical energy via solar cells has attracted Italian fashion designer Ennio Capasa from CoSTUME NATIONAL to create a range of high end – high tech Solar Handbags combining fashion, functionality and technology wrapped in Italian design. Fine strips of mini-solar…

New Solar bags from Sunload

In time for the sunny season Sunload started rolling out the 2008 Solar bags we wrote about back in January. The first in our overview is the SolarRucksack (backpack) which comes in two sizes, small and large and many color shades. Sunloads Solar bags come with a ‘on board’ storage battery and can operate any…

Wearable Sun Power from Konarka

Looking forward to long days with lot of sunshine made me check out what’s up in the research kitchen regarding wearable solar technology, speak flexible and hopefully lower cost solar panels. My most promising find: Konarka, one of the hot favorites in the field of wearable solar power working on Power Plastic® that converts light…

Fun, sexy Solar bag from Solarc

SOLARC a German company developing, producing and selling high-quality, low power photovoltaic devices is fully in line with our 2008 expectation: the year of Solar fashion. Being environmental conscious has never been more fun, trendy and good looking. SOLARC’s new solar bag has been developed in cooperation with Artbag24, another Germany based company that makes…

Reware ProFolio – Solar power bag for business

Reware made a big impression in the solar bag market last June with the introduction of the Beach Tote, an outstanding practical and stylish beach tote with solar charging function. This year, Reware is giving the solar power to the business people that can only dream from being on the beach right now. The ProFolio…