Friday, July 29, 2011

Bright idea: Solar panel-clad bikini charges small electronics

Utilize those sun rays while soaking them in.

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

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Here on the CL Green site, we've written about various ways of harnessing the power of the sun to charge electronics: the solar USB charger disguised as a coffee cup, the mini smart phone-charging solar panel and the solar-powered iPhone charging case. Now, we present another ingenious (albeit a little ridiculous) piece of solar gadgetry: the Solar Bikini.

Why not utilize those rays while soaking them in? This bikini does double duty by charging small electronics and serves as an eye-catching piece of swim wear. You'll never have to worry about running out of juice in your iPod at the beach again.

Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider has designed this solar PV cell-studded two-piece that can charge smart phones, MP3 players and other small electronic devices through a USB connector. Each suit takes him about 80 hours to make, as he stitches them all by hand.

And I know what you're all asking yourselves: "Can you wear this in the water?" And the answer is 'yes.' One would obviously want to unplug their electronics before taking a dip, but it is completely safe to wear in the water.

Schneider is currently taking custom orders for the Solar Bikini on his website, Solar Coterie.

Information via Huffington Post and Inhabitat; photo via Solar Coterie.

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