Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Window Socket. One Sweet Charger!

This. Is. Awesome. 



What am I talking about?  Only the single most awesome modern day invention.  The best, most useful little gadget ever!

It's a solar charger.


It's not just any solar charger.  I mean, solar chargers have been done.  There's nothing spectacular about that, except that it's a green form of energy that can save you oodles of money in the long run. 

No big deal.

This one's different, though.

image via http://www.yankodesign.com/images/design_news/2013/04/26/window_socket.jpg

It's called the Window Socket, and it's... well... a window socket.  Ok, maybe not the most creative name, but it fits, so we'll go with it.  It's a small charger that you stick to your window.  The solar panels on the charger suck energy from the sun through your window, and then the charger converts that energy into electricity.

Plug in your device of choice, and... Zing!  Power.

Now, before you get too excited, I should probably point out that this is just a concept model with some technical flaws, as mentioned by one of the creators (Kyuho Song) on April 28th in the comment section below the device post.

The big problem, I think, probably has to do with energy generated.   The capacity of the device is 1000 mAh (milliamp hours), which converts to only one amp-hour.

What does that mean?  Well, basically, it means that it can deliver 1 amp of power for one hour, 2 amps for 30 minutes, 4 amps for 15 minutes, etc. (Here's a long drawn out explanation)

That's not a lot of power.

So it needs work.

The designers are hopeful, however, and so am I.  I mean, aside from being ultra-cool, it's cute.  Cuteness goes a long way, in my book.

It totally looks like an adorable robot head from a cartoon...

So go check out the design by Kyuho Song and Boa Oh at Yanko Design.

It may still be conceptual, but it's awesome, and once they get the bugs worked out I'll be one happy woman, waiting in line to buy one of these cute little bundles of eco-friendly joy.

Seriously.  Who wouldn't want this little socket on their window?

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