I don’t care how many times I see this solar powered camping tent, it is still a very cool idea. Though it is still in it’s conceptional phase, solar powered camping equipment like this tent, would fit many outdoor enthusiasts power needs. Especially in this techno society needing numerous ways to recharge a battery on the go.
Inspired by the new flexible portable solar photovoltaics in development, Telecom giant Orange unveiled a concept solar tent. The tent would be covered in a semi-photovoltaic fabric woven with both coated solar threads and conventional threads to form a solar shell that could be adjusted to face optimum sun throughout the day. The solar energy would then be channeled into four main power uses: heating, lighting, communications, and battery recharging.
The goal of Kaleidoscope, the design firm working in conjunction with Orange, was to create a tent that would help attendees of Glastonbury, the British famous open-field music festival, which is sponsored in part by Orange, to keep their bearings and to keep in touch with friends while on site. Most interesting is the idea of a wireless charging pouch. Instead of plugging in, people would drop their phone or other portable device into a pouch inside the tent. A coil in the pouch would carry an electric current that generates a magnetic field to produce a charge, which would then serve to power the device’s battery. In addition, some of the captured solar energy would be channeled toward radiant floor heating something that would be much appreciated by anyone sleeping on the commonly damp British ground.
Artist’s rendering of portable solar tent emitting glow at night. (The solar tent is still in the concepual stage) And how many times have you been to a field festival only to spend an eternity trying to find your way back to your camp? The development team for the tent noticed that this wandering was a common problem at Glastonbury each year. For that reason, the tent would be equipped with “Glo-cation” technology that would allow users to find their tents by sending an SMS message or using an automatic RFID tag similar to the ones used in London’s Underground Oyster subway cards. The tent would then glow in response.
The tent would also serve to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal, though it’s unclear whether it would have a Wi-Fi booster for a central area hub or act as an independent Wi-Fi router.
cnet news, Candace Lombardi – Candace Lombardi, a freelance journalist based in the Boston area, focuses on the evolution of green and otherwise cutting-edge technologies, from robots to cars to scientific innovation.