What the well-dressed geek is wearing this winter
I only know this because of Ben hammersley’s piece in the Guardian. Embedded in the back of the bag are three light weight, waterproof solar panels, which generate up to 4 watts of power. Inside the bag is a Li Ion battery pack which stores the energy so it is available when you need it, not just when the sun is up. The makers claim the backpack is powerful enough to charge most portable electronics (other than laptops) including: cell phones, cameras, two way radios, GPS’s, PDA’s, even iPods.
Alternatively, the chic geek can have a Scottevest which, according to its manufacturer, “allows users to discretely carry multiple electronic devices in the concealed, ergonomically designed pocket system, as well as connect gadgets with the patented Personal Area Network (PAN) … The PAN consists of hidden channels that allow users to connect devices without any visible wires. Now, it’s easy to connect cell phones and music players to PDAs, power sources, and/or listening devices, such as earbuds and headphones. In addition to connectivity, special pockets are designed to accommodate digital cameras, portable keyboards, GPS devices, small laptop computers, two-way radios, bottled water, airplane tickets, magazines, wallets, keys, and much more. In cities and areas requiring hands-free devices while driving, the PAN is the ideal solution.”
The only problem, it seems to me, is how one would be able to stand up when fully loaded.