A student has created a piece of luggage with a built-in solar panel and battery/inverter that can charge mobile devices on the move or when exposed to direct sunlight.
The appropriately named Pluggage
was designed by student Ohad Folman while at University in New York.
“Pluggage combines my passion for freedom, travel, technology, helping people and solid design
,” Ohad told ePHOTOzine. “I attended a masters program at NYU called ITP where I sat down with a group of students to help them think about project ideas. We were thinking about harvesting human energy and green technology and from that brainstorming session I came up with an idea for myself - Pluggage. I then decided to build a prototype of Pluggage for my thesis.
Ohad has created his concept from a Burton bag with a Duracell PowerSource Mobile 100 battery back, a stepper motor and a Burton SolarRolls panel. He claims two hours of walking, at an average speed, or one hour in direct sunlight will fully charge the battery. This will then power a laptop, make and type depending, for one and a half hours.
Ohad is currently looking into how he can release the product for general sale.