CES 2011: Solar-Powered iPhone Skins and Robot-Like Roadside Lights from Eton

eton mobius iphone skin photo

Photos via Jaymi Heimbuch

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.

road light photo

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.

eton solar radio photo

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.

eton solar radio photo

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