Here on the CL Green site, we've written about various ways of harnessing the power of the sun to charge electronics: the solar USB charger disguised as a coffee cup, the mini smart phone-charging solar panel and the solar-powered iPhone charging case. Now, we present another ingenious (albeit a little ridiculous) piece of solar gadgetry: the Solar Bikini.
Why not utilize those rays while soaking them in? This bikini does double duty by charging small electronics and serves as an eye-catching piece of swim wear. You'll never have to worry about running out of juice in your iPod at the beach again.
Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider has designed this solar PV cell-studded two-piece that can charge smart phones, MP3 players and other small electronic devices through a USB connector. Each suit takes him about 80 hours to make, as he stitches them all by hand.
And I know what you're all asking yourselves: "Can you wear this in the water?" And the answer is 'yes.' One would obviously want to unplug their electronics before taking a dip, but it is completely safe to wear in the water.
Schneider is currently taking custom orders for the Solar Bikini on his website, Solar Coterie.