03. 21. 2008
Portable media player powered by the sun
It may not be nice to look at or fun to use, but at least the horridly named EM-SOL1GIG portable media player by eMotion is great pals with the environment.
Not only do the built-in solar panels provide enough renewable juice for the 5.5" x 3.0" x 1.0" device to play AVI videos at 25 frames per second and video game emulators on its 320 x 240 display, but they also power up the unit for playback and viewing of music (MP3, WAV, WMA, ADPCM), photos (JPG, BMP, GIF), and text files stored on the device's 1GB of internal memory or on SD cards up to 2GB in size. The EM-SOL1GIG can even be used to charge the lithium batteries tucked inside external devices such as digital cameras and cell phones.
It makes more sense to me for the panels to be on the back of the player (rather than "inside" it) so that you can actually use it while it was charging, but for only $169, I guess I shouldn't complain. I do, however, find it mighty suspicious that 1) the amount of time it takes for the EM-SOL1GIG to receive a full charge and 2) how long said charge actually lasts are both absent from the product page.