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SolarGaps' Plug-and-Play Blinds Provide Clean Electricity for the Home

 - May 12, 2017
References: kickstarter & treehugger
SolarGaps is a company that makes smart blinds that offer more than just a way to reduce the amount of light and heat that enters a room. Its smart blinds offer an alternative to installing expensive solar panels on the roof, yet still provide a way to produce a sustainable source of electricity within the home that can either be used directly, or stored.

The motorized blinds include a tracking mechanism that automatically angles the blinds to the best possible position for soaking up the sun's rays. SolarGaps claims that just one square meter of the blinds can produce up to 100 watt-hours per day when mounted outside, or 50 watt-hours when mounted inside—as SolarGaps puts it, this is "enough to power 30 LED light bulbs or three MacBooks."