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Solar Powered Jacket Charges Your Gadgets

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the never-go-inside dept.

Portables 308

blorg writes "Wired News has a story about a new jacket from SCOTTeVEST that uses flexible solar panels on the shoulders to recharge gadgets in the pockets. The idea is that you can now keep all of your gadgets charged, even if you are spending an extended period of time away from a power source. The solar charging is an addition to an existing jacket with features including 42 hidden pockets that can be wired together through the jacket lining."

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THIS IS TEH LAME (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972859)

Oh and FP.

Biznatches!!

Do not support them. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972865)


In the interests of political correctness I wish to formally protest this device.

It doesn't take into account the needs of miners, subway operators and sewer workers. I dream of a world in which these forgotten peoples and we surface dwellers can join hands in peace and rejoice in equal-opportunity recharging.

Thank you.

Re:Do not support them. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972938)

I won't support them because you can find the letters "SCO" at the beginning of their name. :)

Old Sci-Fi? (2, Funny)

Grey_14 (570901) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972869)

Anyone get flashbacks to old Sci-Fi shows? with the gigantic shoulder pads? Can we get high stainless steel collars on our jackets too now?

Clever (1, Interesting)

Krapangor (533950) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972880)

the solar cells weight the same as batteries and their production uses up more energy than they provide in their entire lifetime.

Re:Clever (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972920)

But, this in the USA....that stuff doesn't matter. It's about convienance and neatness. Enviornmental what? Cost effective what? Actually worth owning what?

Are you serious? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973049)

If you're a mensa, you're supposed to fly under the radar, not put it in your sig, you simpleton.

Re:Clever (1)

The Tyro (247333) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973055)

Solar cells take more energy to produce than they will generate from sitting in the sun for their at-least-20-year projected life? I'd be interested to know a citation for that statistic.

the solar cells weight the same as batteries...

--
Proud owner of a Mensa membership card.


I must say, your command of the language really makes me wonder about your sig.

Re:Clever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973096)

production [of solar cells] uses up more energy than they provide in [the solar cells] entire lifetime.

Please back this claim up with actual proof.

While you are at it, compare and contrast this energy claim with:
Natural Gas
Oil
Coal
Nuclear
Wind

That way we'll all know what to pick in the future for our energy, ok?

Re:Clever (5, Interesting)

thomasa (17495) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973099)

"production uses up more energy than they provide in their entire lifetime"

This is false. The energy used in production
is balanced by the energy produced after a couple
of years of solar energy production. Solar cells
can have a life time of over 20 years.

Re:Clever (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973167)

People tell this for decades now, and nobody has ANY proof or statistic.
Its just "known" that solar cells have a negatice energy balance....
Yeah. And exploding gasoline in a metal enclosure will NEVER get something moving faster than a horst, it is known...

At last (1)

jot445 (637326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972881)

Now I have an excuse for wearing my pants dropped around below my butt... because I'm wearing solar powered boxers! (and I'm _loving_ it!)

Homeland Security will love this one. (2, Funny)

Damon C. Richardson (913) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972887)

Can't wait to walk past TSA with this hooked up to my pda, mp3 player and gameboy advance.

Re:Homeland Security will love this one. (4, Funny)

Mr Guy (547690) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972916)

Doesn't even NEED devices attached. Run this through an Xray machine and pray you have your receipt and owners manual with you when they are trying to figure out why your jacket is wired up like a Christmas tree.

Re:Homeland Security will love this one. (0)

Zeinfeld (263942) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973127)

Doesn't even NEED devices attached. Run this through an Xray machine and pray you have your receipt and owners manual with you when they are trying to figure out why your jacket is wired up like a Christmas tree.

Actually there is no problem, You have to take the jacket off anyway. When I put mine through an airport scanner the TSA generally know what it is and the sort of people who wear them. Unless the guy is a complete rube they generally look it through discretely without telling the whole concourse about it.

Of course the fact that mine has 'US Secret Service' on the front probably helps.

That's just great (1, Funny)

drizst 'n drat (725458) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972893)

Now I can walk around looking like a high-tech docking station. Wonder what the neighbors will think.

Re:That's just great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972963)

If you wear it, I really doubt the women will think "docking station" when they look at you.

Wash (1)

Achoi77 (669484) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972896)

How do you wash it? Dryclean? A soft moist cloth? Those lysol wipes, and that cool foamy spray stuff to clean your desk with?

Re:Wash (2, Informative)

mfisher (741405) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972943)

How should my SCOTTeVEST(R) be cared for? Why can't I dry clean my SCOTTeVEST(R)? First, and most importantly, REMOVE ALL DEVICES, WIRES, KEYS, etc. from your SeV. Then, it's easy! DO NOT DRY CLEAN! You will ruin the fabric if you do so. Machine wash in cold water with like colors, delicate cycle recommended. Do not use bleach. Tumble dry LOW, cool iron if necessary. Do not dry flat. Do not steam press.

Re:Wash (1)

plover (150551) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973179)

How do you wash it?

You read Slashdot, right? The answer is simple. Bring it upstairs to your mom, and ask her to wash it. :-)

Try wearing this through airport security (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972897)

and you will realize how charged u want to stay.

Power Coat! (1)

mfisher (741405) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972903)

Pff power source who needs it! This is great.. In the past couple years we have seen some new KEY inventions. This is one of them.. I am keen to see how this works in the real market. If it works like they say it will it will be a revolutionary product. Also love the fact that the jacket looks so well! This will be great for avalance victims.. Great for people who do remote sports. Good job SCOTTeVEST

No market for this (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972906)

This presupposes that geeks would expose themselves to natural sunlight.

Re:No market for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973107)

I had no idea there was that much wattage in a refrigerator light bulb....

This is ok... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972910)

But what I really want is a solar-charged version of North Face's MET5 Jacket [thenorthface.com] for an extended heating period.

Try and get that through airport security. (5, Funny)

FJ (18034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972911)

Get prepared to answer about one million questions when you put it through the xray machine. To be on the safe side, arrive about 2 days prior to your departure time.

lady with "warmer" jacket already stopped (2, Interesting)

Speare (84249) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973116)

There are a number of wired jackets which would cause security problems. A lady with a self-warming leather jacket was stopped recently, and there are self-defense electrified jackets which would definitely be seen as a weapon.

Yeah, right (-1, Redundant)

Lord Grey (463613) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972914)

Who in this crowd is normally found out in the sun?

Re:Yeah, right (1)

Cragen (697038) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972980)

What we need is NEON panels! Harness all that wasted lightbulb light back into batteries or something! (I was joking, but now that I actually read this back to myself, this seems like an excellent idea. Is there any possibility that this could ever work? If not, why not? Just curious.) *cragen

Hmmm... (3, Funny)

cabingirl (671963) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972918)

So they make a geek toy that requires sunlight to operate? How will we maintain our pasty complexions?

Mars Rover's Mom (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972923)

I hope you wore your solar jacket. It's cold on Mars at night, you know!

Awww mom!

You post too much and you're not funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973077)


Stop clogging up the comment boards with multiple poor top-level posts... they're all terrible attempts to be funny and my neck hurts from shaking my head so much. PLEASE go outside and get some air and exercise.

crappy.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972925)

.... they make us geeks/nerds/dorks go outside!!!

Gadget geek? Sunlight.? (5, Funny)

John Jorsett (171560) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972926)

Does anyone else see a fundamental flaw in the assumptions about the potential market?

Re:Gadget geek? Sunlight.? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973189)

Does anyone else see a fundamental flaw in the assumptions about the potential market?

Also, remind you of the suit George Jeton wore through all kinds of punishment when he thought he was going to die, then his wife washed it instead of dry cleaning, destroying it before it could get the Goodspacekeeping Seal?

Me neither... gimme!

I had a SCOTTeVEST ... (5, Informative)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972933)

... and I have to say that its crap.

The build quality is ludicrous - the magnet clasps fell out 3 days after I put it on.

Plus, even though I ordered a medium, it still seems like you have to be a fat, overweight geek with 17 gadgets in his pockets in order for it to fit right.

My opinion is this: don't get one unless you're going to walk around with $2,000 of gear stuffed into the pockets, because it won't fit right otherwise...

Re: (1)

cynyr (703126) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973021)

$2000...!!! thats my laptop(a fujitsu p2110) and IPod.... total they would both fit on a sheet of 8.5x11" paper and be no taller than 1.5" so $2000 in gear isn't very much. the laptop was $1800 new and the IPod was like around $300(however much a 15 gig one was a year ago)

Re:I had a SCOTTeVEST ... (1)

CaptainAlbert (162776) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973029)

> the magnet clasps fell out 3 days after I put it on.

Hang on, did I read that right? They expect you to fill your pockets to overflowing with consumer electronics, and it's held together by *magnets*?

Sheesh...

Re:I had a SCOTTeVEST ... (1)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973113)

The sad part is, I'm not even all that interested in the solar energy part, but the "42 pockets" really got my attention. *sigh* - sometimes I envy women's purses. I have too much stuff in my pockets all the time.

Re:I had a SCOTTeVEST ... (1, Funny)

The Fun Guy (21791) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973172)

"fat, overweight geek with 17 gadgets in his pockets"

Mod -1, Redundant (is there any other kind of geek?)

Off the Grid (-1)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972934)

Due to customer fears of corporations such as SCO, I will be selling this in my FreeSoftware Off-The-Grid rebellion set. Buy now and get a free tin foil hat!

Just 100 easy payments of $10,000.

~D

Just remember one thing when you're out in the sun (0, Offtopic)

vchoy (134429) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972935)

Slap on some sunscreen, you may get burnt from the sun otherwise..

SCOttevest? Uh oh... (2, Funny)

SoTuA (683507) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972939)

those guys should expect a lawsuit withing the hour, as SCO will claim that they own the patents and intellectual properties on the sun, heat, and the universe.

Darl: "Your honor, the vest is called a SCOttevest. It is a clear indicator that our IP has been incorporated in this vest!"

Judge Scott: "I'm not amused."

Night Time (1)

millahtime (710421) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972945)

This is a geek thing. Don't geeks stay inside all day. Where will they see the light to recharge? From their car to the house? From their house to work? That's like a minute a day.

Version Three.0 + Finetex (3, Funny)

locknloll (638243) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972948)

From the feature list:
Perfect For
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Photography
  • Traveling
  • Hiking
  • Law enforcement
Law enforcement... cool. Now the cops can keep their 50kV stun guns charged all the time!

Re:Version Three.0 + Finetex (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973008)

"Law enforcement... cool. Now the cops can keep their 50kV stun guns charged all the time!"

I'd say for the dude getting stunned it beats having their issue sidearms charged at all times...but that's another debate alltogether [of which I don't normally support, e.g. menace to society.... we put you down sucka!]

Tom

Wasn't someone (1)

The Tyro (247333) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972949)

pulled off a flight recently because of wires sticking out of a motorcycle jacket?

NYtimes article (no reg required) [nytimes.com] .

Wonder what they'd do to you if you were wearing one of these? Interrogation? Beatings? Electrodes on your nipples?

Don't fuck with homeland security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973013)

Wonder what they'd do to you if you were wearing one of these? Interrogation? Beatings? Electrodes on your nipples?

Electrodes on your testicals, followed by extradition to Germany for consumption by the world famous cannibal guy.

Don't fuck with Homeland Security.

Probably a tad useless.... (1)

AkaXakA (695610) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972952)

1) Most (good) gadgets run for several days, you can power them up during the night

2) When you're out walking, you'd want to USE the damn gadget, not recharge it.

3) Is the jacket durable enough? Aren't solarcells a bit weak to be worn all the time?

Yawn.... (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972966)

I bet I've read this shit back in the 80s... Why are all slashdot articles nowdays _sooo_ boring? What should we do finally get public articles moderation?

But what happens... (4, Funny)

CaptainAlbert (162776) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972968)

...when it starts raining? ...when you try to get through airport security? ...when someone h4X0rs your jacket via Bluetooth? ...when you can't find your pager/cellphone because you have 42 different pockets?

Personally, I think they haven't thought this one through. Solar power is for wimps. My jacket has a 17-foot lightning rod attached for energy collection. (It was either that or the rubber-soled-shoe/shag-pile-carpet combination, but that only works indoors.)

Thanks but no thanks (2, Insightful)

Judg3 (88435) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972970)

The jacket is a cool idea, but unless all of the devices worn on it are bulletproof (which would be pretty slick) I'll pass.
As it is, I had an Ipaq as well as several other PDAs before. They where just to fragile for me to consider carrying them that close to me all the time.
About the only thing I feel comfortable carrying on my person would be my cellphone and pager - everything else would have me trying to constantly remember things like "Ok, PDA in pocket X, make sure I don't sit/do jumping jacks/box/etc etc".

Re:Thanks but no thanks (1)

NixLuver (693391) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973200)

Sorry, off topic, I know, but damn ... "ADD is not a joke, it's a serious problem. Treat it as such." WTF? Perhaps you've not heard jokes about car wrecks, mysogyny, philandering, cancer, death, terrorists, racial stereotypes, rampant stupidity, innocent ignorance... What the hell else *would* we joke about, besides "serious problems" and sex?

but.. but... (1, Redundant)

mr. methane (593577) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972971)

wouldn't this require us to... *shudder*... actually go out in sunlight???

Fiends. Next thing you know they'll be selling tanning beds for vampires.

You have two options for charge using that jacket (3, Insightful)

Via_Patrino (702161) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972979)

You have two options for charge that jacket:

1) Use it with you inside, but you can damage your skin appearence or get cancer that way

2) Leave the jacket staring on the sun, but the sun will damage your jacket (specially colors) and soon you will not be able to use it on yourself (you still can just carry it with you though)

I would prefer carry just that flexible solar panels on my pocket/car/wallet

2015 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972981)

I'm still waiting for Marty Jr.'s jacket.

Drying mode on!

Solar good, stupid bad. (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972983)

The problem with solar is that it's inefficient. So if everyone has their own portable solar station with them they waste a lot of material and ironically energy.

Why not just put more outlets at airports, restaurants then supplment the powergrid with more solar?

So far of the five airports I've been to I've never seen an electrical outlet anywhere. That to me is just plain stupid.

Even in the new Ottawa airport there aren't any. So they spend billions on some "art nouveau deco" for the airport then don't spend the time to wire it up. Hazaa!

This is why business people are stupid. They never think to steps ahead of right now...

Tom

Re:Solar good, stupid bad. (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973158)

It's more for keeping things charged when you're walking around. Keeping your ipod charged when you're running around town is hard if you have to stop every 30mins and sit down somewhere to charge it up some more.

If you want power sockets, go to the first class or business lounge ;) they have them.

Re:Solar good, stupid bad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973174)

Actually, that's a damn good point. Last time I flew, I spent a while looking for a power point for my laptop without success. I remember a few years back they at least had covered ones in the floor for the cleaners to plug vacuum cleaners into. When did they dissapear?

Battery Pack? (1)

Avsen (556145) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972993)

Not a bad idea for a jacket -- though I do have a gripe with the battery pack. Though small (sized like a cardpack) -- it will still probably make the jacket feel offweight. I wouldn't mind just using the solarpanels by themselves to charge up my devices (since most of them already have built-in batteries).

Re:Battery Pack? (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973175)

The jacket probably uses the battery to take the charge from the solar panels before charging the devices. The battery will be there to maintain the same power when a cloud covers the sun, etc. Without it, your current would be jumping up and down (and not many electronic gadgets like that ;))

I like (0)

gr8_phk (621180) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973001)

I like to wear a jacket on a bright sunny day. This is like the old solar powered flashlight.

Not sure how well this will go over (1)

djhankb (254226) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973009)

As most geeks I know don't spend much time in the sun.

Perhaps a Flourescent powered jacket? or CRT powered Jacket? ;-)

-Henry

Could a pedometer type of charger be made? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973011)

Or would there not be enough movement and/or efficient parts to generate a decent amount of power?

FineTex exterior (2, Interesting)

Sara Chan (138144) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973016)

The jacket has a FineTex exterior. Does anyone know how this compares with Goretex? (The web sitesays "just like Gore-Tex, but not as costly".)

Re:FineTex exterior (3, Informative)

Scott Jordan (611641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973098)

It is water-proof and breathable, and you can't tell the difference between this and Gore-tex. Scott Jordan, President, www.scottevest.com

Re:FineTex exterior (1)

LordDartan (8373) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973178)

I'm impressed. The president of the company not only reads slashdot, but responds to questions as well!

Now for my questions. When and where will this be available for purchase, and will there be an option to plug this into an power outlet to charge everything (that would be so much simpler than taking everything out of the jacket and plugging them into their respective chargers)?

newclear powered wwwuniverse eliminates need.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973020)

for phonIE gadgets/recharging?

this stuff is unbreakable, wwworks on several (more than 3) dimensions, & is free, as in possibly surviving the georgewellian fuddite corepirate nazi life0cide against the creators' planet/population.

georgewellian fuddite corepirate nazi felons' (Score:mynuts won, all you really need is oxygen?)
by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 14, @09:25AM (#7972904)
badtoll plan for US, shrouded in greed/fear/ego based ?pr firm? stock markup FraUD hypenosys/deception?

there can be only won? lookout bullow.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators.... get ready to brighten up.

Free solar energy magazine (1)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973035)

Well, ok, not only solar energy, better than this actually. The Renewable Energy Magazine is a great resource in the domain. It is also free providing you work with renewable resources. I have been reading this magazine for a year and learned so much on renewable energies. Worthed. See http://www.jxj.com/magsandj/rew/index.html [jxj.com]

Can I DDoS the company when (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973042)



one of their jackets causes all planes to be grounded and the airport to be evacuated the next time I take a trip and it's delayed for 8 hours?

Power from the solar cells ? (1)

BESTouff (531293) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973067)

How much power do these two little solar cells generate ? I highly doubt it's sufficient to feed all gadgets at once.

Geeks don't drink sunshine... (1)

Saeger (456549) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973085)

...they drink Coke.

A solar powered jacket would require you to be... outside... with that big bright light up in the sky shining down radiation(!). No thanks. The better solution would be to drink mass quantities of carbonated sugarwater, then converting the extra glucose in your bloodstream into the power [slashdot.org] that you need (to operate the computer that orders you more Coke, that gets converted to the power you need to...)

--

In related news, WalkenWear has now introduced... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7973087)

...the wearable, washable, fully rechargable, solar powered...

Cowbell.

Walken. Teh Spoke. Word.

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Somebody translate the sizes, please? (1)

TA (14109) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973089)

I want one. But not being from the country of the jacket's origin, I'm not
familiar with the sizes. The size selection (see web site) is as follows:

small
medium
large
large - tall
x-large
x-large - tall
xx-large
xx-large - tall
xxx-large
xxx-large - tall

I'm about 182 cm (~ 6") tall, and my arm reach from fingertip to fingertip
is also about six feet as well. Quite slim (didn't grow up on hamburgers :-).
Now, what of the above sizes would fit this guy?

While we're talking about gadgets power... (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973090)

Does anyone know if there are (or coming soon) some alternative to AA NiMH rechargeables? Wanted: lower weight, should not drain during storage, should not drain / die in the cold / heat (like, EG, -10C..40C). Anything?

Headphones in the hood? (2, Interesting)

richlb (168636) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973101)

Why didn't they stick a hood on that thing and integrate headphones into it? That would be cool.

Jackass (3, Informative)

GlassUser (190787) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973109)

I'm not buying crap from this guy. I'd never heard of him until I got a spam listing one of his products (in all fairness, I have no reason to believe that this original spam was in any way affiliated with him). Apparently an image was linked from his web site, so when I reported it, his ISP got on the LART list. (this part is my conjecture) He ignored the request for info from his ISP, and as per their policy that he agreed to, they disabled his site. He didn't find out for a couple more days and then got really pissed at me (end my conjecture). So he emailed me and threatened to sue me for things like trying to destroy his business, taking his name (his last name is my first name), and some kind of trade infringement since we have the same name and we have businesses that work with portable computers. I told him where to stick it and to learn to be responsible for his web site and customers, he said I'd hear from his lawyer. A few months later I got a not-quite-spam from his company. (more conjecture follows) Either his ISP didn't think it was spam, they ignored the LART, or he learned to actually check up on his web site.

Either way I make sure to tell people not to do business with this loser.

Nerds? (1)

SillySlashdotName (466702) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973134)

How is this news for those pale skin, 'dew drinkin' parents-basement-livin' nerds? Most of us probably haven't seen the sun for several months - if not longer!
;)

Solar Power Rocks - website is down temporarily (5, Informative)

Scott Jordan (611641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973138)

Thanks for the post! The traffic from slashdot caused our website to crash. Please bear with us.

Upgrade your jacket idea. (2, Insightful)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973142)

What about a baseball cap with a solar brim? Plug it into your jacket for added solar surface area (more watts). Whats better, in places like Texas where I live you don't wear a jacket but a few months out of the year, but a cap can be worn year round. Use it as a stand alone device. In the Western part of the state a cap brim would pull in more juice than a jacket cap combo in lot of places. Just sounds like the natural next step to me.

No. Even though I'm a Texan I don't thing a solar Stetson would sell. Well, maybe a few....

Backpack/Carrying Case (2, Insightful)

SuchiRu (675808) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973152)

This is a good idea, but I beleve it is implimented in the wrong way. People are not going to buy jackets that have this. Why not put this technology/idea into a backpack? You could place the solar panels on the sholders on the backpack, or even a sort of side bag that has become so popular. Woul this not be a more appealing idea? Personally I would buy a backpack that had this feature. My laptop always needs those good ol' rays of cancer.*gigle*

One problem with this. (2, Insightful)

Orclover (228413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7973154)

They are assuming we go out into the sunshine, hell i spend my entire work day in a windowless closet of a server room with the light out to keep the heat down.
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  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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