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Samsung to Release New Solar Power Netbook with 14-Hour Battery

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, June 21 2011 under: Samsung, Solar Gadgets, Solar PV Panels, Solar Laptop

It must be the year of the solar laptop. Or something...

Earlier this month, we relayed a few images of a solar-powered laptop concept by Italian designer Andrea Ponti.

Not to be outdone, Samsung yesterday confirmed that it will soon offer a solar-powered netbook in the U.S., parts of Africa and Russia.

Equipped with solar cells in its cover, the Samsung NC215S will gain an hour of battery life for every two hours spent charging in the sun. Under perfect conditions, Samsung says the netbook's battery will last for 14 hours.

Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor of the Telegraph, has more:

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Solar Powered Computer Could Become 'Greenest Laptop Ever Made'

We've seen a slew of solar-powered chargers designed for use with personal electronics. Here's but one example. But how about getting rid of all the plug-in peripherals and instead go with a laptop that runs entirely on solar power?

That seems to be the goal of Andrea Ponti, an Italy-based industrial designer.

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Ralph Lauren Solar-Powered Backpack Carries, Charges Your Stuff

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, April 11 2011 under: Ralph Lauren, Solar Gadgets, Solar Backpack, Solar Technology

In our four years as a blog, we've seen just about every solar-powered gadget out there, including solar surfboards, solar suitcases and a solar helmet. So, when Ralph Lauren recently announced the release of a solar-powered backpack, we weren't exactly surprised.

The bag is part of the designer's RLX line, which offers buyers "exceptionally luxe lifestyle apparel and innovative athletic gear." It is perfect for me, in other words. Next time I'm exploring the Amazon, I can both (a) look great and, thanks to the backpack, (b) get enough juice from its 2.45-watt solar panel to charge my GPS device and iPod.

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New Portable Solar Power Charger Unveiled at CES

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, January 5 2011 under: Solar Gadgets, Goal Zero, Solar PV Panels, Portable Solar, Consumer Electronics

It's late in the day here in California, but we thought we'd relay this solar-related news tidbit coming out of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held this week in Las Vegas. A maker of "portable solar power systems," Goal Zero, took the opportunity at CES to unveil a new product:

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Solar Power to Aid U.S. Soldiers in the Field

In order to meet the energy demands of front-line U.S. soldiers in remote areas of Afghanistan, two types of portable renewable energy technologies have recently been developed. The systems --which debuted at a recent the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) symposium in Baltimore, Maryland -- will give soldiers more mobility, allowing them to operate away from bases for a longer period of time.

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MIT's Oil-Sucking Robots Run on Solar Power

Watching the live coverage of oil spilling into the Gulf Coast, did you ever think, "If only we had a machine that could just suck up the oil on the surface of the water..."?

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Weekly Whacky Use of Solar Power: Solar Shavers

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Friday, August 20 2010 under: Weekly Whacky Use of Solar, Solar Power Info, Solar Gadgets

Solar shavers. I never would have believed they were necessary, but they do give guys freedom to get a close shave without plugging into the grid.

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Vodaphone Releases Solar Phone to Serve Rural India

Three days ago, Vodafone revealed a new product in Mumbai, India designed specifically to serve the millions of mobile subscribers living in rural parts of the country with limit access to electricity.

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Concept Solar Camera Strap Makes Shutterbugs Drool

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, June 29 2010 under: Solar Gadgets, Thin Film Solar, Solar Camera Strap, Solar Technology

Here at GetSolar, we deal mostly with putting solar panels on or beside buildings. Occasionally, however, we talk about putting solar on other things, like luggage, radios, ipods and iphones, bluetooth headsets, helmets and even summer vacation. This next one, I have to admit, is especially cool and intriguingly practical.

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Ascent Solar + Samsonite = Solar Luggage

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, April 14 2010 under: Colorado Solar, Solar Gadgets, Solar PV Panels, Consumer Products

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI) yesterday announced its flexible solar panels will soon be featured on a new line of product from Samsonite, one of the world's biggest makers of luggage. Here's a press release blurb from Samsonite's VP of Sales and Marketing, Lynne Berard:

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