Surprisingly not a show in which Chris Harrison tries to find someone to hook up with former English National Team defender Sol Campbell, SolMate's actually a Seattle-made, CES Design & Engineering award-winning mobile case that makes use of Seatown's most elusive energy source (the sun!) to protect and charge your phone while it's in use, increasing device life by up to 50% and reducing “grid reliance by 50-80%” -- potentially huge considering how gut-wrenching it is to pull yourself away from that riveting 2004 TNT miniseries starring Dylan McDermott.
To reap the sun's bounty before it gets to stupid plants, a “credit card-thin”, souped-up photovoltaic panel encased in a sleek, aluminum shell captures the beams and turns them into slaves producing an endless supply of phone-power, plus the whole system's able to charge through induction, meaning you may never need to plug in again, leaving mad outlets free to receive tons of crazy accurate chest passes from Kevin Love.
These handy beasts aren't on the shelves yet, but you can preorder via Kickstarter, and pick up sweet deals like first dibs on the iPhone 5 version, and nerdy t-shirts scrawled with “the first rule of solar club, never talk about solar club”, sound advice for anyone trying to stay off the Grid, despite a very strong performance from Tom Skerritt.
Published: February 6, 2012 at 4:00am EST
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