Nokero, a Hong Kong-based company, has debuted the world's first solar-powered LED lightbulb. Costing $15, the Nokero N100 has kerosene lamps in its sights but, at $15 a pop (although that drops to $10 if you buy 48 or more) it's going to be an expensive alternative for people in the developing world and for aid agencies in disaster zones. Anyone with a patio or a camping habit, however, might find it more than useful.
Konarka made headlines last year when it announced the creation of the world's largest roll-to-roll thin film solar manufacturing facility. Now the solar company has revealed plans to use its plastic thin film solar technology to make a rugged portable roll-up charger.
Treehugger points us to this very clever design for a jacket with pouches in its lining that can be unfurled to reveal a personal tent. As the designer, Justin Gargasz, explains:
Individuals feel the need to escape interactions in their environment
everyday. Whether it be interactions with excessive technology or other
people, this psychological and physical need to get away is where I
began my investigation.