Images via IDEA and Engadget
This solar lamp from Japan's IDEA charges up with ambient light and so doesn't need a cord, which is great. The only problem is it looks like a space-age robot eye is watching you...The light is just shy of 12 inches tall, and gathers up the energy it needs to produce ambient light from, well, ambient light. About 2-5 hours of sunlight is enough for 8 hours of ambient mood lighting, and it comes in various hues. It's also darn cheap, selling in Japan for the equivalent of $16.
But while we can all appreciate the energy source, and some might appreciate the design, there is a distinct "We're watching you" look to this little lamp.
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