Thanks to thin films and - in this case - dye-sensitized cells, designers can put solar panels pretty much anywhere. The fact that Hyun-Joong Kim and Kwang-Seok Jeong, the two designers created the SIG (self-energy converting sunglasses) probably has less to do with the inherent brilliance of this creation, and more to do with the fact that they were looking at a pair of sunglasses one day and said â€œHey! What if we put SOLAR CELLS in these?â€
Still, at least they actually did it... although it would take a lot of guts to actually wear them in public, even if the things do power your iPod. They arenâ€™t exactly Ray Bans. Also, last time I checked solar cells worked best when positioned to face the sunlight. But people donâ€™t like to look into the sunlight, even when wearing sunglasses. Seems like a waste to make solar cells that will end up capturing so much less energy than they could in another application.
written by Tom, December 19, 2008
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