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(Seattle Times)   Two kids pitch idea of clothing with solar panels to Warren Buffet. The clothes could power electronic devices, but users would need to go to this mystical place called "outside"   (seattletimes.nwsource.com) divider line 25
    More: Cool, Puyallup, Warren Buffett, solar panels, electronic devices, financial literacy, Anthony Lundberg  
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2012-05-19 05:14:47 PM
Solrpnls?

i.imgur.com
 
2012-05-19 06:51:41 PM
Outside...is that anywhere near Lancashire?
 
das
2012-05-19 06:53:53 PM
Outside??!! But it's scary and green out there!!!!!
 
2012-05-19 06:55:46 PM
Nice publicity stunt for Buffet. Too bad the idea for solar panel clothes that can charge devices is nowhere near new.
 
2012-05-19 07:09:41 PM
Not a new idea but hey. Only problem is these boys live in Puyallup. They would rarely get to use their innovation.
 
2012-05-19 07:18:15 PM

taurusowner: Nice publicity stunt for Buffet. Too bad the idea for solar panel clothes that can charge devices is nowhere near new.


I think it's cool that Warren has this "charity" of sorts that's trying to grow the next generation of millionaires. This is what it should be all about. This is the American dream: enabling our youth to fulfill their potential.
 
2012-05-19 07:19:24 PM

taurusowner: Nice publicity stunt for Buffet. Too bad the idea for solar panel clothes that can charge devices is nowhere near new.


Here's a patent from 2007.

"The garment includes a plurality of surfaces that have one or more solar panels placed upon them. The garment utilizes an interface configured to transmit the collected solar energy to a storage system, which may be used to power an electrical device via a connector. This connector may power an electronic device, whereas another connector could jump start a battery. The garment could also use some of the stored energy to power one or more light-emitting diodes located on the exterior for any variety of illuminating purposes. The garment could also use some of the stored energy to power a heated article of clothing such as a removable lining, gloves, pants, and the like, or inversely, could instead power a removable cooling fan."
 
2012-05-19 07:31:46 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: taurusowner: Nice publicity stunt for Buffet. Too bad the idea for solar panel clothes that can charge devices is nowhere near new.

Here's a patent from 2007.

"The garment includes a plurality of surfaces that have one or more solar panels placed upon them. The garment utilizes an interface configured to transmit the collected solar energy to a storage system, which may be used to power an electrical device via a connector. This connector may power an electronic device, whereas another connector could jump start a battery. The garment could also use some of the stored energy to power one or more light-emitting diodes located on the exterior for any variety of illuminating purposes. The garment could also use some of the stored energy to power a heated article of clothing such as a removable lining, gloves, pants, and the like, or inversely, could instead power a removable cooling fan."


Not to mention that each component of such a garment is also going to be covered by a bunch of patents.

Flexible solar panels exist but are patented and horribly expensive and only work in labs...
 
2012-05-19 08:01:07 PM
Puyallup? Geez that's a rough area. Never mind the crime mall and the black market, you've got Underground 93 and all the scum that are always bringing their troubles to the streets.

/where to chummer?
 
2012-05-19 08:20:11 PM

fluffy2097: Kraftwerk Orange: taurusowner: Nice publicity stunt for Buffet. Too bad the idea for solar panel clothes that can charge devices is nowhere near new.

Here's a patent from 2007.

"The garment includes a plurality of surfaces that have one or more solar panels placed upon them. The garment utilizes an interface configured to transmit the collected solar energy to a storage system, which may be used to power an electrical device via a connector. This connector may power an electronic device, whereas another connector could jump start a battery. The garment could also use some of the stored energy to power one or more light-emitting diodes located on the exterior for any variety of illuminating purposes. The garment could also use some of the stored energy to power a heated article of clothing such as a removable lining, gloves, pants, and the like, or inversely, could instead power a removable cooling fan."

Not to mention that each component of such a garment is also going to be covered by a bunch of patents.

Flexible solar panels exist but are patented and horribly expensive and only work in labs...


Can't wait till we see the news article about a 9 year old and 12 year old being sued for patent violations.
 
2012-05-19 08:28:03 PM

sure haven't: Puyallup? Geez that's a rough area. Never mind the crime mall and the black market, you've got Underground 93 and all the scum that are always bringing their troubles to the streets.

/where to chummer?


boards.420chan.org
 
2012-05-19 08:41:42 PM

dehehn: Can't wait till we see the news article about a 9 year old and 12 year old being sued for patent violations.


We've done it over MP3s. *shrug*
 
2012-05-19 08:52:28 PM
I sat on my deck for 20 mins today. Got a sunburn.

Fark that shiat.
 
2012-05-19 09:19:25 PM
...glow-in-the-dark silly string for outdoor parties....

Okay, now you're really doing something.
 
2012-05-19 09:22:04 PM
http://www.partysuppliesnow.com.au/vie w-product.php?category_id=48&pro duct_id=136
Swing and a miss!
 
2012-05-19 09:31:35 PM
I've seen bags covered in panels with a battery in the bottom. You use the bag all day, and plug in your phone or ipod when you get inside.
 
2012-05-19 09:39:56 PM
Ah, Mr Solar Panel Shirt - meet your nemesis, Mr Maytag!
 
2012-05-19 10:00:23 PM

dahmers love zombie: Solrpnls?

[i.imgur.com image 512x288]


Awesome. Slow down slrpnls?

/Good vitmns restaurant.
 
2012-05-20 12:04:11 AM
i6.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-20 12:40:25 AM
I imagine these clothes getting really damn hot. They clearly need to borrow an idea from the Japanese and install some cooling fans in the clothing.
 
2012-05-20 02:52:59 AM
If you are wearing solar clothing, I should hope you've already covered your roof with them, your car, and damn near every other inch of location you can.
 
2012-05-20 06:52:43 AM
Warren Buffet only invests in 19th Century technology, so the only solar powered device he'd put money in to is a clothes line.
 
2012-05-20 01:33:00 PM
This seems obvious, and I'd been wondering why it hadn't been done yet, since the military has solar tents (with outlets and everything). I'd assumed there must be some good reason. Apparently, it's because a lot of people like me were sitting around assuming there was a good reason it hadn't been doen, instead of doing it. Damn, I could have had solar clothes by now *and* money. Damn.
 
2012-05-20 01:36:05 PM

StrikitRich: Warren Buffet only invests in 19th Century technology


Yeah, that's why he's so poor.
 
2012-05-20 01:39:13 PM

fluffy2097:
Not to mention that each component of such a garment is also going to be covered by a bunch of patents.

Flexible solar panels exist but are patented and horribly expensive and only work in labs...


Mine works fine on my patio:

home.whatsmykarma.com

That one's kind of old, and is rated at 21 watts. They are more expensive, but they've been around for a wile for specialty applications like trickle charging boat batteries, or portable applications, kind of like the jacket.

You're right about the patents for this application, but that doesn't mean that the kids in TFA don't have something. They mentioned the Powermat inductive charging for the pocket, which might be novel. (That is, this jacket could improve over a previous patent.)
 
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