Okay, okay, so maybe that’s a bit much. But I really like the idea behind this Kickstarter project.
Today, everyone’s very conscious that we’re at “peak oil”. Look at what you will – the dried out forests, encroaching oceans – but humans simply can’t act as if oil and coal don’t have consequences.
We’re ready for innovations to solve all this, wherever they come from. But what’s great about this project is that it turns up after years of work by a local inventor. Big corporations don’t have all the answers; it’s individuals that are making a difference. Here it’s New Yorker Anne Griffin’s Solar Foldy, a fun name that sums it up pretty well – this portable sun-powered generator collapses into a compact rectangle that can quickly charge phones, computers or other gear.
The case also houses four powerful LEDs that deliver up to 200 hours for a nightlight on a single eight hour solar charge, or some six hours that delivers a light bright enough that you’d use it on a set during breakdown.
It’s a Kickstarter project, so that means you can’t get your hands on one just yet. That is, until Anne gets enough support from everyone interested in taking one small step for personal energy independence.
More info here: Solar Foldy on Kickstarter.