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Published on December 18th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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Designers Create Solar Power Generating Sunglasses

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A team of designers have created solar power generating sunglasses capable of charging portable electronic devices on-the-go.

The SIG, or ‘self-energy converting sunglasses,’ contain integrated dye-solar cells and can be simply connected to the power jack in an iPod or PSP, allowing devices to be charged without the need to hook up to the mains supply.

According to the SIG’s designer’s, Hyun-Joong Kim and Kwang-Seok Jeong the glasses employ, “cheap organic dye [used with] nano technology [providing] cheap but high energy efficiency.”

As yet, there is no news on an anticipated launch date or expected price. However, as long as they can target the right demographic, I’m guessing the potential market for a nifty innovation like this could be huge.

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  • yo moma

    i got a changer at home

  • yo moma

    wack asss piece off shiiieeet!!

  • yo moma

    i like cows

  • yo moma

    this does not work well at all!!!!!!i should have saved my money on a piece of shit like this i am very upset and will never get product again

  • Anonymous

    haha, it is :D

  • Uncle B

    A step in the right direction, freedom from chemical based disposable batteries! Ugly is not the point, economics is! In an Asia with how many Billions of sunglass wearers? this may make a huge difference to a people who will appreciate the economic factor, unlike the “entitled” yet broke American and his haughty attitudes! One day, when the dollar is equalized with the “Yuan” and Americans are using dollars for sanitary purposes only, these practical sunglasses might take on a whole new appearance!

  • Uncle B

    A step in the right direction, freedom from chemical based disposable batteries! Ugly is not the point, economics is! In an Asia with how many Billions of sunglass wearers? this may make a huge difference to a people who will appreciate the economic factor, unlike the “entitled” yet broke American and his haughty attitudes! One day, when the dollar is equalized with the “Yuan” and Americans are using dollars for sanitary purposes only, these practical sunglasses might take on a whole new appearance!

  • Rif

    Is this actually a working prototype or is it just a designer mock-up?

    Given the lack of technical details, and the small area of the solar PV cells, this is nothing more than a designer pipe dream. Perhaps in 10 years solar PV cells will be efficient enough to make something like this possible.

  • Rif

    Is this actually a working prototype or is it just a designer mock-up?

    Given the lack of technical details, and the small area of the solar PV cells, this is nothing more than a designer pipe dream. Perhaps in 10 years solar PV cells will be efficient enough to make something like this possible.

  • http://www.ithoughts.de Akku

    Its an awesome idea, but they have to make good looking glasses before I’d use them ;-)

  • http://www.ithoughts.de Akku

    Its an awesome idea, but they have to make good looking glasses before I’d use them ;-)

  • Yeliz

    This product seems awesome.Renewable energy is growing trend in all applications at social life.

  • Yeliz

    This product seems awesome.Renewable energy is growing trend in all applications at social life.

  • http://www.hardware-revolution.com Mathieu

    I think that this is a great idea. Especially if you consider that you are going to wear the sunglasses in full sunshine.

    Here’s the main problem: Design. They look fugly. You’ll never see me wear that, yuk.

  • http://www.hardware-revolution.com Mathieu

    I think that this is a great idea. Especially if you consider that you are going to wear the sunglasses in full sunshine.

    Here’s the main problem: Design. They look fugly. You’ll never see me wear that, yuk.

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