CES 2011: Solar-Powered iPhone Skins and Robot-Like Roadside Lights from Eton
Eton has an impressive line of gadgets that run off solar power or hand-crank power. One of the most attention-getting of the line is the solar-powered iPhone skin, though there were some great looking solar radios on display as well. And while they're a simple idea, I loved the look of the little droid-like road safety lights displayed at the booth (photos after the jump).When news of the first solar-powered iPhone skin hit the blogosphere back in _____ it was big news. Since then, more companies have created their version of the same idea. The Mobius is clunky-looking, and it charges the phone only when attached to the phone -- it doesn't have a storage battery. That means your phone is in the sunlight. However, I was assured heat wouldn't be a factor, and your phone would be safe. This is a good skin for gathering extra charge while out at lunch or sitting at a cafe...and goodness knows iPhone users need all the battery juice they can get! For now, the company isn't quite ready to bring the Mobius to market, and a price wasn't available.
I also loved these little alien robot strobes. They're hand-crank emergency lights to stash in the glove box. They are part of an emergency device line, including hand-crank radios and chargers.
But getting the most attention at the booth was the solar radios.
They produce an impressive sound, and the Soulra (above) has a 2 watt output with an estimated 10 hour charge time for its internal battery. This one is available, though the XL version (below) is not quite ready for market.
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