It only took few years and a few fascinating if controversial breakthroughs in solar power. Now, thanks to designer Vivien Muller, you can finally have a decorative-houseplant-cum-solar charger for your iPhone right on your desk. Just give it plenty of light.
Here's a great idea: A solar panel that you can take anywhere to be easily placed on a backyard with no installation. Too bad it makes your house look like a gas station when opened:
Ross Lovegrove, designer of beautiful, yet useful, things, has teamed up with Artemide and Sharp Solar to produce these solar-powered street lamps that are to light up the Ringstrasse outside Vienna's Museum for Angewandte Kunste (that's the Museum for Applied Arts and Contemporary Art.) They'll be going up on a…