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Solar-powered Bikini Charges Your Mobile While You Have A Sunbathe
HI-Tech Lounge ^ | April 19, 2007 | Annie Groer

Posted on 04/23/2007 8:56:41 AM PDT by Stoat

Solar-powered Bikini Charges Your Mobile While You Have A Sunbathe

 

Published on 04/19/2007
 


You kind of have to see this to believe it. We're not sure that this is the same sort of gadget holder as that pair of holsters that we told you about a few weeks ago. This device seems more like someone's idea of a new outfit for a fashion show or something. Nonetheless, what you're gazing at in that photo is the Solar Powered Bikini. It's a two-piece bikini with photovoltaic film strips attached strategically to various parts of the clothing, so that you can charge your gadgets while you're catching some rays. Better yet, the charging takes place via those rays.

The solar panels are scattered along both the top and the bottom of the suit. Total charging power is 6.5 volts at 1.5 amps, which is more than enough to breathe new juice into the standard cell phone.

OK, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now. This is just a concept. It's from the ... creative mind of American designer Andrew Schneider, who thoughtfully included a USB connection on one of the bikini's hips.



TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bikini; fashion; hitech; solar; swimwear; technology
Also:

The Sun Online - News Bikini babes power own iPod

 
Sun-cess ... iPod can be powered by sun
 
Sun-cess ... iPod can be powered by sun

Bikini babes power own iPod

 
April 23, 2007
 
 
 
 
 

 
A SOLAR-powered BIKINI that can charge an iPod has been invented.

 

Designer Andrew Schneider covered a black two-piece with 40 flexible 4in x 1in panels. The connector is on the hip.

He said: “It can be worn in water but you’d have to let it dry completely before you plugged your iPod in.”

He is now working on male beach shorts that provide enough energy to charge a beer cooler.

The New York University student hit on the ideas during a sustainable practices course.

He said: “Alternative power is an important concern.”


1 posted on 04/23/2007 8:56:42 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: martin_fierro

iPod Ping :-)


2 posted on 04/23/2007 8:57:19 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

I’ll become interested when someone develops male swim trunks that charge a two-piece bikini that charges a beer cooler.


3 posted on 04/23/2007 8:58:36 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Stoat

I may consider the solar panel installation business after all.


4 posted on 04/23/2007 8:59:16 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: AntiGuv

Future-Tech Ping :-)


5 posted on 04/23/2007 9:00:18 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: kevkrom

Quality of Life Technologies Ping :-)


6 posted on 04/23/2007 9:02:02 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

I wonder what other kind of “devices” these solar paneled bikinis could power!


7 posted on 04/23/2007 9:02:05 AM PDT by Holicheese (I love shrimp and grits.)
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To: Stoat
"Pardon me miss, could I plug into your bikini?"
8 posted on 04/23/2007 9:02:32 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Stoat

D cups product more power.


9 posted on 04/23/2007 9:03:22 AM PDT by bmwcyle ( Freep Fox they drop the ball on GOE)
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To: 1rudeboy

There’s something to be said for being ‘in charge’.


10 posted on 04/23/2007 9:03:35 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Xenalyte

Salacioius Ping :-)


11 posted on 04/23/2007 9:04:28 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

There is certainly room for multitasking, isn’t there? :O)


12 posted on 04/23/2007 9:04:54 AM PDT by jdm
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To: pax_et_bonum

A little Monday-morning bikini action for the list, perhaps?


13 posted on 04/23/2007 9:05:34 AM PDT by Xenalyte ("A cat can give birth to kittens in the oven. That don't make 'em biscuits." - Quanell X)
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To: Swordmaker

Electric Universe Ping :-)


14 posted on 04/23/2007 9:07:51 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: 1riot1ranger; al baby; albee; Argh; AtomicBuffaloWings; Bacon Man; beaureguard; bedolido; ...
Salacious Ping List ping!
15 posted on 04/23/2007 9:10:00 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: Xenalyte

Done!

Thanks for the ping!


16 posted on 04/23/2007 9:10:49 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: Stoat

thanks for keeping us a breast of things


17 posted on 04/23/2007 9:11:39 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: pax_et_bonum

And here I thought the solar pannels on my roof were sexy.


18 posted on 04/23/2007 9:12:16 AM PDT by null and void (To Marines, male bonding happens in Boot Camp, to Democrats, it happens at a Gay Pride parade...)
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To: Stoat
Ya know, I think I would be a little leery of wearing that type of thing.
It could be a "shocking" experience.
19 posted on 04/23/2007 9:12:29 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Stoat; 6SJ7; Allegra; ambrose; Bella_Bru; Born Conservative; Cagey; Caipirabob; CarrotAndStick; ...
iPod
Send FReepmail if you want on/off iPing list
WARNING: This is a high-volume Ping list. Turn your headphones down
The List of Ping Lists

20 posted on 04/23/2007 9:15:28 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Stoat

So...is this like breast feeding your iPod?


21 posted on 04/23/2007 9:29:12 AM PDT by Obadiah (Republicans - the battered wives of Democrats.)
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To: pax_et_bonum

22 posted on 04/23/2007 9:37:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Stoat

But can you actually swim in it?


23 posted on 04/23/2007 9:39:14 AM PDT by Little Ray (Rudy Guiliani: if his wives can't trust him, why should we?)
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To: BenLurkin

24 posted on 04/23/2007 9:55:04 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

25 posted on 04/23/2007 10:21:15 AM PDT by traditional1
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To: pax_et_bonum

What does the solar power stuff do to your skin? Could you wear sun screen? What if you’re in the water all day? Money wasted, it seems to me. But they look good. LOL!


26 posted on 04/23/2007 10:46:03 AM PDT by Slip18 (Fred Thompson for POTUS 2008)
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To: pax_et_bonum; Xenalyte; martin_fierro
Thank you all for pinging your lists  :-)

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Historical Photo Archive:

"Beta-Tester Raquel providing developers with feedback on early 200-amp bikinicharger model 38DDD"

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(Archive photo courtesy of StoatLabs)

27 posted on 04/23/2007 10:50:17 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
I may consider the solar panel installation business after all.

It can provide uplifting experiences, or so I'm told   :-)

28 posted on 04/23/2007 10:59:11 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Holicheese
I wonder what other kind of “devices” these solar paneled bikinis could power!

The healthy, heterosexual mind races with possibilities   :-)

29 posted on 04/23/2007 11:01:51 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: bedolido
thanks for keeping us a breast of things

I'm always delighted to provide essential services for the online community   :-)

30 posted on 04/23/2007 11:03:57 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Little Ray
But can you actually swim in it?

From the posted Sun article:

He said: “It can be worn in water but you’d have to let it dry completely before you plugged your iPod in.”

31 posted on 04/23/2007 11:07:01 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: bmwcyle

Then I should be able to supply others with extra power.


32 posted on 04/23/2007 11:20:32 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m glad we can’t see the back of this picture.


33 posted on 04/23/2007 11:22:03 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: Stoat; Xenalyte

“D” cup ring.... (Er, ping.)

Insert comment (and charger) in the open slot.


34 posted on 04/23/2007 11:57:30 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: neverdem; Berosus; Cincinatus' Wife; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Uh-boy.

“Solution in search of a problem” ping.


35 posted on 04/23/2007 9:52:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Monday, April 18, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Maybe this iPod owner could use it. The caption with the picture says, "Female member of Mursi tribe in Southern Ethiopia." ( http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/gallery/image_med/143/ )


36 posted on 04/24/2007 2:49:57 AM PDT by Berosus ("There is no beauty like Jerusalem, no wealth like Rome, no depravity like Arabia."--the Talmud)
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To: Berosus

Wow, pizza-face, literally. ;’)


37 posted on 04/24/2007 7:04:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Monday, April 18, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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