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Eco-Friendly Charging Umbrellas

Parasolar

— April 3, 2008 — Eco
Parasolar is the perfect name: it's a parasol, meant to be used during sunny days, and it captures solar energy to recharge your gadgetry. Oded Shoreer made this for the Greener Gadgets Competition

The cloth has panels of photovoltaic cells that transfer power to a charger in the handle with a couple of USB connections.

Implications - Consumers are increasingly embracing eco-friendly products that cut down on their personal energy usage. To reach this market, designers must create products that speak to consumers' desire to save energy without cutting down on their gadgets they've grown accustomed to using in their everyday lives. Electricity-capturing parasols make the best of sunny and rainy days.
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