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 12:00pm 3/31/14 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 4:30pm 5/30/13 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 2:40pm 9/23/11 2:40pm

Solar-Powered LCD Brings TV to Anywhere the Sun Shines

As part of Sharp's recent efforts to shove itself to the forefront of solar innovation, the company is showcasing a prototype of a 26-inch LCD Aquos TV that can be powered entirely by the sun. Now even the 1.6 billion people on earth without electricity won't have an excuse to miss the next season of Lost. » 7/05/08 12:00pm 7/05/08 12:00pm

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 8:00am 6/19/08 8:00am

Santa Monica's 160,000 LED Ferris Wheel Powered By The Sun



Santa Monica has delivered a bright and shiny upgrade to its Pacific Ferris Wheel, dismantling the old one to make way for a new behemoth that boasts 160,000 LED lights. The 90-foot ride, manufactured by Chance Morgan Rides, delivers visual performances every night and cost the city $1.5 million. Thanks to solar… » 6/07/08 8:00pm 6/07/08 8:00pm