A researcher from New York has come up with a new way for beach goers to keep their iPods and iPhones charged at the beach, when an open socket is nowhere to be found.
Inventor Andrew Schneider has designed a solar-powered bikini that can charge iPods, or any other standard USB devices.
The bikini, priced at $184, is made of solar panels, quite thoughtfully designed into the fabric material so that you can recharge portable devices without looking like an extra from Battlestar Galactica.
“The real challenge was to get enough surface area to actually power something. The bikini was meant to be small and sexy. Solar power wants all the surface area it can get” said Schneider (opens in new tab) while explaining the challenges faced during the designing phase, Clean Energy Authority (opens in new tab) reports.
Schneider solved the problem by putting solar panels in the bikini top and bottom and connecting them with a thin strip in the back so that they work in concert.
While this invention will undoubtedly be convenient for people who plan to be at the beach all day, his next invention could be even more important.
Schneider says that he is working on a pair of beach shorts that can be used to keep beer cold through a Peltier Junction which produces thermoelectric cooling.