In keeping with a sustainable life style, Andrew Schneider, a New York designer, has taken the concept into the cosmos of sportswear with his invention of a solar-powered bikini that will permit users to charge either an iPod or a camera as they bask under the rays of the sun.
The innovative designer developed his idea while brainstorming with some friends at New York University. The original idea was a bikini that could cool beer at the beach, but that soon evolved into a different, more practical prototype. This occurred after Schneider realized that the bikini lacked the surface area to eject the necessary power to work as a cooling agent. A believer in making lemons out of lemonade, he extended his idea to a device with a lower power, which he successfully plugged into his iPod.
How did he do it? This clever fellow introduced his iKini to the world by sewing together 40 paper-thin photovoltaic panels with soft conductive thread. The swimsuit comes as a kit complete with USB ports sewn into the fabric.
And that is the story of the birth of the iKini, which is sold as a custom built and tailor-made swimsuit. Perhaps that justifies the hefty price tag range from £300 to £900 (US $485-more than $1,400)?
But we can’t keep a good inventor down and now Mr. Schneider is returning to his old idea of developing shorts for men that double as coolers for drinks.
Who’s to say where this can lead? Inquiring minds support innovation, as it is the only way to grow and change existing conditions. Even Ben Franklin would have appreciated the current applications he started his kite so many years ago.
Here’s to innovation and growth and the power of human creativity.
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