We know it's probably getting chilly wherever you are right now, but if you want to get a good deal on next season's beachwear, now's the time to shop, right? Might we suggest this solar-powered bikini? It's totally available for sale—and it's low-entry solar applications could change the way we power small devices.
Doesn't this just seem like the kind of impracticable project that comes out of some formative Brooklyn hipster's hallucinogenic-induced brainstorm? Well, it is. But guys, it's real. So real that you can totally order a USB-powering photovoltaic bikini for yourself right now.
Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider designed this Solar Coterie bikini to function as a beach-goers back-up power source, able to charge up small USB devices, like your cell phone or MP3 player, using only the sun's rays.
Even though it takes Schneider about 80 hours to make one of these high-tech bikinis by hand-stitching flexible photovoltaic film strips together with conductive thread, they can be bought for a bargain at just under $200. Interested? Hit up SolarCoterie.com and send in a custom suit request.
Even if you're not in the market for photovoltaic beachwear, it's still a very cool concept that could have some other lifestyle applications. Having a roof full of solar panels powering an energy-neutral home is still a little out-of-reach for most apartment dwellers, but it's a little more attainable and affordable to have a few photovoltaic strips stitched into the curtains to power up a table lamp, for instance.