Tommy Hilfiger launches solar power jackets to charge your phone - CNET. It's happened to the best of us: you're out and about, just doing you thing, when your phone/tablet/iPod/handheld gaming system runs clean out of power. And sure, there are a bunch of products on the market to help you out in these situations -- but most of them are an extra device that you have to remember to charge, then carry around with you. Tommy Hilfiger wants to make your portable charger wearable. With the assistance of solar manufacturer Pvilion, the clothing label has launched a pair of jackets -- one for men, one for women -- that has an array of solar panels to collect solar power for charging your gadgets if you find yourself in a power bind. The jackets, which feature a tartan design (although the ladies' jacket looks a bit like the TARDIS from the back, if you squint), are fitted with water resistant, flexible solar panels that snap on and off easily. When fully charged, the battery contains enough power to completely charge a 1,500 mAh device up to four times.
Tommy Hilfiger Solar Clothing — pvilion. Pvilion has partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to design and produce a Solar Powered Jacket exclusively for the 2014 holiday season. The product features removable solar panels that provide energy to power electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets. These specialty jackets will be available in select Tommy Hilfiger stores across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia, and online at tommy.com as of November 1, 2014. The detachable Pvilion solar panels snap easily on and off the back of the limited-edition jackets, while a cable running discreetly through the garment’s lining connects the panels to a removable battery pack in the jacket’s front pocket. A special snap-flap closure provides easy access to the battery pack, and its double USB port allows the user to conveniently connect it with up to two mobile phones, tablets or e-reader devices via USB cord.
Related Projects: Interior Solar Curtains, Solar Shell for LED Light Post. Facebook’s Giant Internet-Beaming Drone Finally Takes Flight. As the sun rose over the Sonora Desert in late June, Mark Zuckerberg stood beside a runway not far from the Mexican border. Next to him stood Facebook vice president of engineering Jay Parikh and a few other colleagues, all eyes on the strip of asphalt that stretched toward the horizon.
They had arrived a little before dawn, and they were the latecomers. A team of Facebook technicians began prepping the launch at midnight the day before. Among them was Martin Gomez, who sat inside a trailer at the other end of this Army airfield near Yuma, Arizona, taking the crew through its “go”-“no go” checklist. Then, a little past six o’clock, a truck taxied down the runway, pulling Aquila on a massive metal dolly stretched out behind it. Click to Open Overlay Gallery Aquila is the flying drone Zuckerberg and company are designing to provide Internet access in remote parts of the world. Getting the Internet Airborne When flying to such heights, the drone won’t launch with the help of truck and dolly.
3 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Change Every Business. Have you entered the Internet of Things yet? If you have a FitBit or other activity tracker that talks to your smartphone, you have. If you have a thermostat, alarm system, or lights in your home that you can control with your computer or phone, you have. But even if you haven’t got one of those devices yet, I’m betting you will within the next 3–5 years. And I’m not making that prediction based on how useful or cool the current Internet of Things products are right now, but rather based on the fact that I believe the Internet of Things is going to change business at a fundamental level. I believe there are three key ways in which the Internet of Things will change every business: 1. It will allow companies to make smarter products.
It used to be that we only expected our phones to be able to make phone calls. The line of Fitbit Internet-enabled products (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images) 2. A big part of the Internet of Things isn’t so much about smart devices, but about sensors. 3. Facebook’s Giant Internet-Beaming Drone Finally Takes Flight.