Originally posted on December 21, 2006 @ 8:26 pm
Inventor Andrew Schneider has come up with a hot new concept for a Solar Powered Bikini with a USB connector on the hip that lets you plug in your iPod or any other USB-chargeable gadget.
The suit is a standard medium-sized bikini swimsuit retrofitted with 1″ x 4″ photovoltaic film strips sewn together in series with conductive thread.
The cells terminate in a 5 volt regulator into a female USB connection.
Apparently Andrew is working on a male version of this “solar powered” concept called the iDrink that features a greater surface area which equals more output voltage.
This additional juice is used to power a 1.5 amp Peltier junction which cools a single beer in a custom coozy.