It is such a simple idea that we wonder why no one has thought of it before. Harnessing the sun’s energy is nothing new, we have all heard about solar panels that capture the sun’s rays and turn them into usable energy, but a plug socket?
Well that is something altogether a little bit different. But entrepreneurs and inventors Kyuho Song & Boa Oh have developed the world’s first solar powered window socket, and it is a cinch to use.
Simply attach the socket onto any window and the Window Socket transfers the solar energy through a converter, allowing you to power up any number of devices.
The great thing about this new Solar Powered Window Socket is that it is not just a solar battery backup, but a direct plug-in, and allows any appliances to be plugged directly into it, and the device is portable, which enables you to use electricity freely and conveniently in any space where the use of electricity is restricted, think planes, trains, cars, and even the outdoors.
At the moment, this amazing product is still in concept stage, and the designers looking to improve storage capacity and efficiency. What we are hoping is that they come up with a USB port as well as a two pin plug socket, which will give the device much more range of use.
The designers, Kyohu Song and Boa Oh say: “We tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training.”
The way the window socket works is by attaching to a window surface like a leech, and on the underside it has those all important solar panels.
These panels then suck up energy from the sun’s rays, and the charger then converts them into usable electricity. You can then plug into the charger directly, and even better, after about five to eight hours of charging, the charger then provides you with around 10 hours of use.
Once the charger is at full capacity, you can then remove it from the window and take it with you, anywhere you go. Pop it in your handbag and use it to charge up your phone with solar energy, or take it on a journey where you might be traveling for a long distance and the chance of recharging your devices is poor.
For more information check out http://www.yankodesign.com.
Image – Kyohu Song and Boa Oh