Excerpted from the blog post:
“At home i always have some batteries lying around, either rechargeable or normal ones. Usually they are empty, but i’d like them to be always fully charged. I could use a normal charger and there is a lot of solar devices that charge rechargeable batteries. I wanted it simpler; why hasn’t anyone made a battery with integrated solar cells? The idea of the "SunCat" batteries where born.”
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Please visit the original post to read the whole article and see some pictures of the prototype.
It seems like such a simple idea. Has no one thought of this before? I’ve seen bags and backpacks with solar cells, I even have a small solar “pod” with interchangeable charging tips to power a variety of small electronic devices.
With the increasingly cheap availability of the technology why not package rechargeable batteries with their own solar panel? Some of the comments on Knut’s post are less than polite but others make the point that this is a fabulous idea. There may be some issues with the design but it’s an initial concept that the guy put together, pretty much off the top of his head. A little more development and I think he’ll be onto something very cool.
This is just such a cool video that it must be shared.
Thanks to Overwatch from memepunks for this find.
Moving from water power to steam power, Steampunk is the next “thing” in genre related work. While it’s not a new concept the theme is starting to become much more visible in books, comics, games and music. While this band is a new find for me they have been around for a while now. Please check out Abney Park for some great visuals and some great music.
Answers to old questions plus a new one to consider.
The Japanese exoskeleton I mentioned is called the HAL-5, Hybrid Assistive Limb
In the show I referred to an article in the March 2008 issue of PopSci. It’s actually the May 2008 issue.
Show number 3, where I bring news of artificial skin and a new bionic hand, has come to light.
There’s a promo for a really great podio book, the Failed Cities Monologues and the latest iteration of the semi-regular feature “the question”.
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