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  • Apple Patents A Two-Sided Solar-Powered MacBook Screen With Touch Input

    Apple Patents A Two-Sided Solar-Powered MacBook Screen With Touch Input

    A new patent granted to Apple today (via AppleInsider) introduces a concept that shows how it might go about introducing touch-based input to its notebook line. The patent describes a special notebook display that has two sides, as well as photovoltaic cells for charging, and touch input sensors on its outward shell. The design is quite different from anything Apple currently puts out, and has… Read More

  • Well now, IKEA makes solar-powered lights

    What’s that dumb joke, something about “why do you park on a driveway and drive on a parkway”? That logic doesn’t really hold up when you’re looking at something like these solar-powered garden lights. They’re IKEA’s first such “solar” products, which means we’re in for a treat in the upcoming months as more and more goodies trickle out. Read More

  • Solar-powered Chinese car travels 93 miles per 30-hour charge

    China’s 001 Group, based in Zhejiang province, has produced a solar-powered car that costs some $5,500—more than reasonable for any car, let alone one that’s partially fueld by our own local star. The company has actually made more than 10 of them, which shows the difficulty (or expense) of producing them; if they were cheap to make, why wouldn’t they be rolling off… Read More

  • Solar-powered hearing aids help poor deaf folk

    Did you know that there’s 250 million people around the world who are hearing-impaired? Even worse, two-thirds of them live in the developing world. Odds are, these people don’t have the type of money needed to buy conventional hearing aids, primarily because their expensive batteries last only about a week. What if you could design an affordable hearing aid for the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 20 percent off Solio's kickass line

    I love my Solio Classic. Anything I own that charges over USB will never die so long as I have my Solio around. It’s helping me to conserve a little bit of energy when I can. Every little bit helps, people. It’s free power! Now, Solio wants to get more people on the bandwagon with a 20 percent off code. Just in time for the holidays on either the Classic or H1000. I know you… Read More

  • Soltronix Solar Powered AM/FM Radio: Save the Environment, Listen to Hot Talk

    From the looks of it, going “green” is set to become the next SoHo fashion trend, following the micro-sized dog fad that’s all the rage right now. One way to get jump on the bandwagon is with the Soltronix Headphone AM/FM Radio. It’s a pair of solar powered headphones whose solar cells are sensitive enough to run with just 30 percent light exposure. It sort of works… Read More

  • Hippy Bath in a Bag

    If you’re the “outdoorsy” type, then you’re probably not very bright. The idea of abandoning thousands of years of technology, industry, social evolution and hygiene to “get back in touch with nature” is insulting to us entrenched city folk. But some of you keep it up. Whatever. Have some granola. At least with help from the Sun, you can pretend to get clean. Read More

  • Solar Powered Gadget Charging Purse for Stylish Girl Nerds

    If you’re girlfriend is like mine, then you always have to wonder if her phone is charged when you call her. Often she’ll answer, “Hey, baby!” only to be disconnected as the battery dies, unable to call again until it’s slightly charged 30 minutes later. That’s why I’m strongly considering purchasing her a Power Purse. The stylish handbag is covered… Read More

  • Solar Keyboard for Eco-Geeks

    If you’re concerned that your porn downloading habits are bad for the environment, then your idea of conscience is more mixed-up than mine. But it might feel better after you pick up this keyboard by Genius. With a built-in solar panel, the wireless keyboard charges with ambient light instead of using off the shelf batteries that poison the ground and kill your family. Sadly, the… Read More

  • Solar Powered GPS Receiver for Hermits, Perverts

    That fancy GPS unit you just got for Xmas isn’t going to do you a whole lot of good in the woods if its battery dies. No, sadly, you’re to be eaten by a bear. And who wants to lug a handful of AAAs around whilst camping? That’s prime Girl Scout stalking time. You need a solar-powered GPS receiver. It’s just what it sounds like: a GPS receiver powered by the sun. It… Read More

  • Solar Power in Her Purse

    Being that I’m a geek, I think of gadgets when it’s time to find a gift for my sweetie. Unfortunately, gadgets are generally geared towards guys, some exceptions being cell phones and the iPod. But there are meta-gadgets out there, devices that work with those we already have, expanding their usefulness. And, sometimes, they’re totally girl-friendly This solar mobile… Read More