Solar Fashion

"Technopicnic" is a Solar-Powered Backpack for Picnicking in the City

Photos by DiegoENE It’d be nice to go take for a picnic in a wildflower-filled meadow with only the birds to listen to, but most people don’t have easy access to that much…

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Pauline van Dongen's "Solar Shirt" is a Chic Phone Charger You Wear

SOLAR FASHION But cellphones aren’t the only things the Solar Shirt can keep humming. Van Dongen’s garment can also juice up MP3 players, cameras, Global Positioning System…

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Project Solaire's Solar-Powered Backpacks Charge Gadgets on the Go

Most smartphone users have probably experienced the frustration of a dead battery. Now Project Solaire have designed a backpack that incorporates a solar panel into the fabric to keep…

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Repurpose's Solar-Powered Schoolbags Do More Than Carry Stuff

CARRY ON Another upside of using plastic? The bags are waterproof. (“There’s nothing worse than wet books,” notes the duo.) And since aesthetics played a huge role from…

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Tommy Hilfiger's Solar-Powered Jacket Charges Your Phone on the Go

Tommy Hilfiger is testing the wearables market with their new solar powered field jacket. In both a men’s and women’s fit, the jacket generates energy on the go with its…

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Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

Australian company Tzukuri understands that it sucks to loose an expensive pair of sunglasses. That’s why they’ve embedded a chip and a solar cell in every pair that…

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Solar Power Goes Couture With Pauline van Dongen's Avant-Garde Wearables

POWER SUITS Van Dongen says her designs mimic human skin cells, which show a similar layering. Some of the modules contain up to 48 flexible solar cells, enough to restore a typical…

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Flexible Fiber-Optic Solar Cell Paves Way for Energy-Generating Fabrics

Photo by Shutterstock An international team of scientists have developed the world’s first fiber-optic solar cell. Thinner than the width of a human hair and scalable to many…

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Exotic Solar's "PowerCloth" Turns Clothing Into Energy Generators

Ready to give the sun a reason to sweat for a change? Strap on Exotic Solar’s “PowerCloth 1G,” an innovative new textile that turns everyday clothing into wearable…

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Stila's Solar-Powered Compact Illuminates Inside and Out

Need to do a quick face check in a dimly light car or restaurant? Stila’s solar-powered compact features an illuminated mirror that makes touchups on the go a cinch. Made from…

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Tube-Shape Photovoltaic Cells Could Result in Solar-Powered Clothing

Let’s be honest, solar-powered clothing is rarely easy on the eyes. Nor does it tend to be discreet. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Xiamen University,…

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Solar-Powered Soldiers to Revolutionize Australian Combat

The 21st century soldier bears a heavy burden, literally. With 100 to 150 pounds of weaponry, tactical gear, communication devices, and military rations—and that’s just for…

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7 Solar-Powered Wearables Guaranteed to Give You a Charge

FUTURE FLAPPER Shake a little leg in Despina Papadopoulos’s flapper-inspired mini-dress, which soaks up the rays during the day so it can set your curves aglow at night. Composed…

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Solar-Powered vs. 3D-Printed: Which Bikini Would You Rather Wear?

Talk about synchronicity; we featured not one but two high-tech bikinis in a span of four days. Which means there’s only one thing left to do: swimsuit smackdown! In the…

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Solar-Powered Bikini Soaks Up the Rays, Powers Your iPod

Ready to hit the beach? Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider is now taking orders for his solar-powered bikini. Capable of charging your cellphone or MP3 player, the high-tech…

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Diffus' Chic Solar-Powered Bag Flaunts Its Photovoltaic Panels Instead of Hiding Them

Diffus, the interactive design firm that brought you the environment-sniffing “Climate Dress,” has unveiled its latest project: a glittering, luxe solar-powered handbag that…

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Ralph Lauren Launches $800 Solar-Powered Waterproof Backpack

Ralph Lauren’s men’s athletic line, RLX, recently released a new line of high-performance bags, one of which features an integrated solar panel. Made in Italy from a thin,…

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U.K. Military Developing Solar-Powered Uniforms That Generate Electricity

Scientists across the United Kingdom are working on a solar-powered kit that could lighten the load of soldiers—and, more important, increase their mobility—by up to 50 percent.…

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