From time to time we come across some ideas that are so brilliant that it’s a no-brainer for them to be out there in the marketplace. This last year in particular we’ve seen a number of green gadgets that are so ingenious that we’re left scratching our heads and wondering why they haven’t been produced yet — especially because they are all powered by renewable energy sources. With this in mind, we present to you our top five green gadgets that we wish existed!
We hate untangling the cords to our headphones when we pull them out of our bag, so we love these Q-Sound headphones that are Bluetooth enabled and don’t have any wires to get tangled up in. As an added bonus, these sleek headphones are completely powered by the sun via a set of flexible hexagonal solar panels.
2. Kinetic and Flexible OLED Phone
Our current cell phones get dropped on the ground all the time, but if we had a flexible phone it wouldn’t get nearly as beat up and we could easily fit it into our pocket. Kyocera’s concept for a flexible OLED cell phone is fascinating not only because it is slim and sleek with a fabulously wide screen — it’s also powered by kinetic energy, so all it takes to charge it up is a walk around town.
We’re convinced that solar cells will eventually be integrated into a variety of household objects (especially the surfaces of our homes), so venetian blinds that are covered in solar cells makes perfect sense. During the day these Solar Blinds are angled to capture sunlight with flexible solar cells, while at night the stored energy is transferred to a layer of electroluminescent foil that provides energy-efficient light.
4. Solar Powered Bracelet Phone
For those that tend to loose their phones, this wearable bracelet phone might just do the trick. It’s a relatively simple cell phone with calling, texting and address book features, except it is flexible and solar powered — it reminds us a bit of those slap bracelets from when we were kids.
We all wear sunglasses to shade our eyes from the sun, so why not put them to good use soaking up those rays to generate power? These solar sunglasses feature dye solar cells that are integrated into their lenses, which can collect and convert enough energy to power your handheld gadgets, like phones and ipods. A little wire on the back of the frames connects to your devices and charges them on the go.