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We've talked about the endless opportunities to harvest and save energy before (and before that). Here's yet another example from the world of...




We've talked about the endless opportunities to harvest and save energy before (and before that). Here's yet another example from the world of high fashion: a jacket that has two solar panels in the collar that can charge a USB device.

It's made by Ermenegildo Zegna so it probably costs more than a lifetime's supply of batteries, but it's still pretty damn cool.

The New Yorker writer who tested it marvels:

"I wondered what other appliances my jacket might be able to power. A visit to the Web site usbgeek.com brought into my life a small flurry of gadgets equipped with USB ports...it is the eight-inch-tall refrigerator (thirty dollars) – it chills one can of soda – that most impresses me: I'm using the sun to chill the liquid that slakes the thirst that's created by the sun."
Very literary.

Via Inhabitat.