I love working with inventors. I don’t work with Dave Foster, but I’m sharing his interesting (and much welcomed) idea: using solar power to charge our electronic devices. Foster came up with a case he calls the LilyPad which does precisely that. The LilyPad uses new solar ink technology to convert outdoor and indoor light into usable energy to continually charge tablets such as the Apple iPad. Apparently this is no wimpy power output. You can run PowerPoint presentations or watch movies. For some reason he is not able to keep up with the demand and is out of stock on these.
Check out the website and video. There is a back-up battery and USB port that comes with the product, just in case the lights go out.
- Solar Power for the World’s Poor (energyrefuge.com)
- LilyPad: A solar powered case for iPad with built-in HDMI and USB (9to5mac.com)
- Nokia says it tried, but solar-powered cellphones don’t work (dvice.com)
- Mobius rechargeable solar battery case for iPhone available now (evilrit.com)