Until Jonathan Ive gets around to playing with solar chargers we are probably going to have to keep looking at the dull grey plastic crap that Jaymi keeps showing us. Or there is Vivien Muller's Electree, a sort of solar bonzai with photovoltaic leaves.
Designboom tells us:
'Electree' is a modern sculpture imitating a bonsai, of which the leaves are small photovoltaic panels. it allows users to recharge their mobile devices without using
any other energy than light. The structure is equipped with 42 cells which is equivalent to an entire surface of 2178 cm², and for a bulk height of roughly 40cm. Energy produced by the panels during daylight is stored in a base hidden battery. Once charged, this accumulator feeds a USB port. Usage is strictly limited to indoors.
The artist also has plans for a city-scaled version. I wonder if the leaves follow the sun like a real plant. More at Designboom
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