Solar-Powered Umbrella Automatically Inflates When the Sun Shines

A passing cloud can make the sun's rays a little more bearable on a hot summer afternoon. Which is presumably what inspired the Netherlands' Studio Toer to create this cloud-shaped parasol that automatically inflates whenever the sun is shining, providing some much-needed shade without you having to get off your comfy… »3/31/14 12:00pm3/31/14 12:00pm

On a Sunny Day This Solar Pendulum Will Keep You Distracted For Hours

On those frequent days when you just don't feel like working, there's nothing like a fun desk toy to wile away the hours. And if you're tired of your Newton's Cradle, and don't want to draw attention to yourself with a office-wide Nerf war, check out the solar-powered Zendulum. Like a Newton's Cradle its hypnotic… »5/30/13 4:30pm5/30/13 4:30pm

ATM in India Uses the Power of the Sun to Dispense Clean Water

If you had a cup of coffee, or glass of water this morning, consider yourself lucky. One in eight people on this planet have limited or no access to clean drinking water. In rural India an organization known as Piramal Water Private Limited hopes to bring that number down with a solar-powered ATM that dispenses clean… »9/23/11 2:40pm9/23/11 2:40pm

Brando's Firefly Lamp: For Those Romantic Digital Insect-Light Moments

A non-USB product from Brando, and one that's surprisingly cute? Good grief, I nearly fell off my keyboard. These Firefly jars are solar-powered, charging up during the day and adding a simulated bioluminescent insect-ass glow to wherever you pop them at night. The kitchen worktop, perhaps—perfect for lighting your… »6/19/08 8:00am6/19/08 8:00am