Solar Powered Jacket Heats Without The Usual Bulk

August 26, 2016 by  
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You’ve heard of solar powered homes and solar powered devices, but have you heard of a solar powered jacket? ThermalTech is changing the way we look at fabric with its new patented energy absorbing technology. How ThermalTech got started…

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Eco Mushroom is a solar streetlight that can absorb vehicle pollution

January 4, 2016 by  
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Roads are a highly polluted areas , with polluted air rising up and spreading across an area to create a blanket of toxic atmosphere – not to mention the impact on climate change. The ‘Eco Mushroom’ is a compact design for a solar powered street light equipped with CO2 scrubber to help remove some of this pollution. This artificial mushroom houses four directional LED street lights and an Air Purification System (APS). Four intakes suck in polluted air and pass it through the APS, positioned centrally within the structure. The purified air is finally released through the annular vent on the air duct built around the light pole. A network of Eco Mushrooms integrated into the existing roads could help curb automotive pollution effectively while allowing for smart integration that can send information to a central hub about pollution trends and maintenance needs. +  RISEpad  Images via RISEpad/ Tony Thomas Narikulam The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Five stunning solar powered iPod docks churning green tunes

September 5, 2011 by  
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Payal Chatterjee: Intro gear 4 solar speakers Imagine you are traveling or may be outdoors, and all of a sudden your iPod runs out of power. Or maybe you are trekking or maybe in a jungle or just in a place where there is scarcity of electricity and your iPod or iPhone is low on charge. What do you do in these situations? The solar-powered iPod chargers come to your rescue in these situations. Since they are solar powered, they are also eco friendly. Following is a list of some of the popular solar-powered iPod docks. 1. Soulra solar powered dock from Eton Soulra solar powered iPhone dock from Eton Soulra is a solar-powered iPhone dock from Eton. It has a rubber-made exterior body that protects it from the unpredictable weather. On folding out the solar panel under the sun, it can keep playing music while simultaneously charging the docked device. Soulra requires almost 10 hrs of direct sunlight to fully charge itself and then it can playback for 4hrs with simultaneous charging of an iPod or iPhone. 2. Regen Reverb solar-powered iPod dock Regen Reverb solar powered iPod dock Regen’s Reverb solar-powered iPod dock is capable of playbacking for more than 12 hrs on a full charge. It takes around 20 hrs of direct outdoor sunlight for it to get fully charged and doubles the time if placed in indirect sunlight. It features a backlit LCD display, a 35 inches stylish iPod tower and an inbuilt photoelectric panel. 3. ReNu solar-powered gadget charger dock Regen ReNu personal power generation and storage system at i-stage The ReNu system from Regen is a solar-powered charger and also a storage system. It comes with features like a ReNu panel, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a power panel containing solar cells and a user interface. It claims to be able to charge an iPhone two times if it is fully charged. 4. Solar-powered Eton Soulra XL Eton Soulra XL solar powered speaker Soulra XL from Eton, is a solar-powered iPhone or iPod speaker dock. It features a solar panel which converts the solar energy into electricity and stores it in the rechargeable 2,000mAh lithium-ion battery. Soulra XL is the successor of the first version of Soulra. Like it’s predecessor, it too contains a foldable solar panel which needs to be folded out when placed under direct sunlight for it to get charged. 5. ReNu iPod dock ReNu iPod dock The ReNu solar-powered iPod dock enhances the sound performance of your iPod or iPhone. It can generate power from either the inbuilt solar panels or from the power outlet. It measures 0.8×8.8×8.8 inches in dimensions and weighs only 1.8 pounds.

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10 smart products designed to reduce water consumption in your bathroom

September 5, 2011 by  
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Suja Natarajan: Water Pebble Use smart water gadgets to reduce water consumption Water conservation refers to efficient usage of water available and reduce the consumption of water by recycling the waste (gray) water. Water conservation efforts have stepped up all over the world to achieve sustainability, habitat and energy conservation. Many water efficient products have been designed that will not only help to use water beneficially but also to help the environment in the long run. Read on to know about some of smart water gadgets. 1. Home Core Home Core Use smart water gadgets to reduce water consumption Home Core, designed by Dang Jingwei uses an integrated concept with a sink, mirror and a table, all blended together into a single device. Home core stores the gray water in the tank below the sink before the water gets disposed. The flush reuses the gray water. It also has different levels to regulate the water pressure. This is a perfect green tap that helps in conservation as well as in recycling of water. 2. Water Pebble Water Pebble Use smart water gadgets to reduce water consumption You can use Water Pebble which is an excellent water conserving gadget. This device records the water usage in your first shower. It uses this information to guide you, gently flashing its traffic lights that indicate you to stop showering. This gadget helps in reducing your shower time automatically and makes you conserve water unconsciously. 3. EcoDual Washing Machine EcoDual Washing Machine Use smart water gadgets to reduce water consumption This eco-gadget designed by Max Germano helps you reduce washing machine water consumption up to 50 percent. It has two tanks – large and small. Large tank is used for heavy washing while the smaller tank is used for delicate clothes. The goodness of this washing machine does not stop at this. It stores the washed water (gray water) in a separate tank that is below the washer. The gray water is gain filtered and reused for subsequent washings. It comes with a deodorization system which gushes ozone and oxygen, thus keeping the clothes clean and fresh. 4. Harris A’s Gray Water Management System Harris A’s Gray Water Management System Use smart water gadgets to reduce water consumption This system proposes to let the store the sink water that flows into the toilet tank. This water is further used to flush the toilet. Designed by Harris A, this system offers sustainable, practical and affordable ways to conserve and use the water efficiently. 5. Da/Spa Shower Da/Spa Shower Use smart water gadgets to reduce water consumption How about getting a good massage in the shower? Freshen up with Da/Spa Shower and also get a relaxing massage using the recycled water. The filters and electric systems in this shower regulate the water’s temperature and flow. You will use 20 liters of water in the shower thus saving tons of water going down the drain. Although, the concept is eco-friendly, this gadget may use up loads of electricity which is quite unfriendly to the environment. 6. Eden Mist Shower Eden Mist Shower Use smart water gadgets to conserve water This eco-appliance uses the combination of steam and the instant hot water system that gushes water in an economical way. It helps you cut down the usage of water by a whopping sixty six percent. This shower is far superior in comparison with conventional showers in conserving water. Eden mist is made of durable components that give an aesthetic appeal as well as durability to the shower. 7.Eco-Bath Eco Bath Use smart water gadgets to conserve water Designed by Jang Woo-Seok, this gadget ensures 50% of water conservation. It stores the gray water and purifies it using the UV purification system. However, this purified gray water mixes with fresh water in the tank. This helps to keep you toilet unclogged and also helps you save water in the process. 8. Gray Water Toilet System Gray Water Toilet Helping conserve fresh water Alison Norcott has designed a gray water system that not helps in water conservation but also ensures that the drains and toilets are clean. This system uses your shower’s waste water to flush the toilet. However, the nonporous nano-glaze and anti-bacterial coatings ensure that aid it better cleaning and flushing of toilets. While flushing, it also closes the lid of the toilet automatically after flushing. 9. iSAVE Faucet iSAVE Faucet Use smart water gadgets to save water This gadget designed by Reamon Yu, has a digital display that indicates the amount of water usage. You can attach it easily attached to a sink or shower-head. This Faucet runs on the energy generated by an inbuilt turbine. Try this gadget to improve your water consumption levels. 10. Twist Tap Twist Tap Use smart water gadgets to save water Control the usage of water using Twist Tap. This aerator-controlled faucet controls the water flow making the user to crank and twist to in case the water flow. It also has a digital display that indicates the amount of water used.

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Best concept cellphones that get powered by solar energy

August 30, 2011 by  
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Payal Chatterjee: LG 3D mobile 3D solar powered concept cell phone An electrical device which directly converts the light energy into electricity through the photovoltaic effect is known as a solar cell or photovoltaic cell. Assemblies of cells known as solar panels are used for making solar modules which capture the solar energy from the sunlight and then generate the solar power. This is an example of solar energy. Aeolus phone concept recharges with solar energy Aeolus solar powered concept phone Cyrene Quiamco has created the Aeolus Phone which can be charged at any place and time. An inbuilt power generating fan captures even the slightest of breeze and produces energy and when there is lack of wind, the on board solar panels helps to recharge. The phone comes in one simple color with a LCD screen, which is energy efficient and can be built from renewable materials. It is accompanied by a special tripod with which it can be attached to a cycle or on a car’s window in order to enable the fan to generate more energy. 2. Nokia E10, a foldable phone with MeeGo and solar batteries Nokia E10 solar powered foldable concept cellphone Chris Wang has designed this folding Nokia E10. Unlike other solar powered phones, Nokia E10 is supported by 3 solar powered batteries along with a Lithium battery, for stronger and steady power supply. 3. Solar powered cell phone concept with a transparent OLED display concept solar phone solar powered OLED concept cellphone This is a recent development in the field of concept phones: a combination of the transparent OLED and solar technology. The phone has a futuristic design with a concealed keyboard and screen, running on 80 percent solar energy. This sleek phone has a solar panel attached at its back which makes it both fashionable and ecofriendly at the same time. 4. LG 3D mobile phone with photovoltaic cells and expandable touch display LG 3D mobile 3D solar powered concept cell phone Petr Kubik designed this futuristic 3D mobile phone for LG. The phone has solar cells at the back of each slide panel and with the help of the 3D glasses and an interactive stylus, the user can enjoy the total 3D experience anywhere and at any time. 5. Concept solar powered cellphone Solar powered concept solar powered cellphone Yana Moskalenko has designed this concept solar powered cellphone. It runs on solar solar energy with the help of the sun battery attached to its back and also gives a detailed description on the kind of specs to be found inside. 6. Siemens Gigaset Eco Visions concept designs, as environmentally friendly as it gets Siemens Gigaset Ecovisions concept cell phone The Siemens Gigaset Eco Visions series have been developed by the Formwelt design studio and it claims to be the greenest phone ever. The solar energy is supplied by the solar cells placed all over the phone. The Gigaset Solar phone is made of ecofriendly materials that are separable and features the OLED technology with a transparent display. 7. Eclipse intuit cell phone concept with solar panel Eclipse Intuit Solar powered concept cell phone The Eclipse Intuit concept phone is a futuristic sliding phone, not only sleek and stylish, but also energy efficient at the same time. The chemical based solar panels placed on the front and rear of the phone, automatically charges the phone when exposed to sunlight. 8. Eclipse phone concept Eclipse Cellphone concept This is a solar powered concept phone and thus the name Eclipse. It is a sleek and the best looking basic phone in the market. 9. LG Eco Solar Power cellphone uses a photovoltaic cell, ecofriendly technologies LG Eco solar powered concept cellphone This LG concept phone has been designed by Aaron Martinez. It is a solar powered cell phone that gets charged with the help of the fluorescent incandescent lights and the solar cell, when exposed to direct or indirect sunlight.

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Peugeot Frame: A futuristic vehicle powered by solar energy

August 30, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya Mandal: Peugeot Frame Concept Designed by Vladimir Abramov Clean, green and avant-garde – this in short is the all new Frame, a solar hybrid concept for Peugeot, conceptualized by industrial designer Vladimir Abramov. It is always great to see renewable energy systems being infused with a remarkable style quotient; but the Frame takes it to a further level on futuristic lines, advanced technology and optimum user comfort. Picture Gallery Peugeot Frame Concept Frame Solar Hybrid concept by Vladimir Abramov Originally, a preliminary concept was contrived for the 2008 Peugeot design competition, and since then, it has been developed to its current iteration. The unique styling incorporates a sleek, curvaceous form with the glass facade (presumably embedded with transparent solar cells) stretching up to the frontal hood edge. The compact design considerations allude to a more restrained yet modernistic exterior. This bantam form will encapsulate a fairly spacious interior with a capacity for four people (including the driver). Coming to drive features, the contemporary vehicle will incorporate regenerative braking systems (which can utilize the usually lost energy during braking mechanism) to enhance overall performance. More importantly, the car will also integrate photovoltaic cells for harvesting of clean solar power that can ‘fuel’ the power-train with zero emission attributes. Via: Behance

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10 zero emission UAVs designed for greener surveillance

August 30, 2011 by  
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Ankit Sharma: UAVs The Draganfly Tango UAV UAV, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, are used to monitor activities on earth, which is either too risky for humans or beyond their limits. But, with time, more emphasis is being placed on the ‘greenness’ of the vehicle. Function and form are important, but engineers are making sure that today’s UAV’s are not an environmental hazard. So, besides UAV’s being used for war or spying purposes, they are also being used to find ways to make Earth a better planet. This list aims to decode those UAV’s which are used for those ‘green purposes’. Read on. 1. HADA Electric UAV HADA Electric UAV HADA Electric UAV Spain’s National Institute of Aerospace Technology has innovated the first green electric UAV and decided to call it HADA Electric. It is a combination of a helicopter and an airplane. It uses VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) technique. It guzzles only one third of the fuel as done by a regular airplane. The project head Manuel Molero has stated that it can also be manned. It can be used to transmit images in real time, ferrying instruments from one place to another, and for patrolling borders. 2. Northrop Grumman RQ-4 UAV Northrop Grumman RQ-4 UAV Northrop Grumman RQ-4 UAV NASA has decided to give a make-over to Grumman RQ-4 and has transformed it from a land blasting bomber to a more serene environment friend. It will now be used for research flights concerned with verifying the measurements of atmospheric gases made by NASA’s AURA satellite. If a satellite gets damaged, it cannot be brought back from space for rectification. So, dedicated machines are needed to record the measurements so that data doesn’t get lost and to make sure that it’s right. 3. KIST solar-powered UAV KIST solar-powered UAV KIST solar-powered UAV A MoU has been signed between two Korean organizations, Korean Aerospace University and Korea Institute of Science and Technology. They have decided to develop a solar powered UAV, which can hover at an altitude for 20,000 m for many months before coming down for tweaks. It will use design technology from KAU and power its way to the sky with KIST’s solar power mechanism. The wingspan is 40 m long. Solar panel attached to the wings, store the energy in a Li-ion battery module to power the UAV when the sun bids goodbye. 4. Solar-powered UAV by Queensland University of Technology Solar-powered UAV by Queensland University of Technology Solar-powered UAV by Queensland University of Technology Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology are working on a solar powered UAV for round-the-clock surveillance. With a wingspan of 2.5 m, the Green Falcon, as it’s called, is equipped with remote sensing visual data capabilities to track down forest fires in Australia which cause loss of life and property. This UAV can also be used to relay information about people in danger, through infrared cameras mounted on it. It can also be used for atmosphere and weather research and prediction, ocean monitoring etc. 5. Aurora’s solar-powered UAV Aurora’s solar-powered UAV Aurora’s solar-powered UAV DARPA’s Vulture Program required an UAV, and Aurora Flight Sciences have developed the perfect model. AFS claims that it can fly at altitudes exceeding 60,000 ft, for 5 years on solar power. The aircraft comprises of three aircrafts arranged in Z configuration for maximum collection of sunlight during the day. The 500 feet long aircraft would charge itself during the day, and flatten at night to increase aerodynamics. AFS claims that it can run at 63 m/s during day, while at night the speed is reduced to 43 m/s. 6. Bye Aerospace hybrid UAV Bye Aerospace hybrid UAV Bye Aerospace hybrid UAV Bye Aerospace has come up with a design for the UAV of the future. The UAV will be solar powered and is being made with collaboration with Ascent Technologies. It is being made keeping in mind the military uses, but will also be manufactured commercially. Silent Sentinel, as it’s called, is a zero emission aircraft. It can be coupled with an advanced Williams FJ33 turbofan for primary propulsion. 7. Fuel Cell UAV by Georgia Tech Fuel Cell UAV by Georgia Tech Fuel Cell UAV by Georgia Tech Georgia Tech has been known to do things a bit differently, and they have kept the trend alive by conducting a successful experiment of a UAV powered by a 500-watt fuel cell. With a 22 ft. wingspan, it is claimed to be the largest UAV to fly on a Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell, using compressed hydrogen. Georgia Tech has used technology in a way that it does not require any boosters to take off. 8. Ion Tiger Fuel Cell UAV Ion Tiger Fuel Cell UAV Ion Tiger Fuel Cell UAV This hydrogen cell powered Ion Tiger has set a record of flying 23 hours and 17 minutes at Aberdeen Proving Ground. It has been developed by Naval Research Laboratory. The USP is that it provides a zero emission flight. And due to electric fuel cell propulsion system, it has low noise. It can be used for patrolling and for weather research. 9. Falx Air’s coaxial UAV helicopter Falx Air’s coaxial UAV helicopter Falx Air’s coaxial UAV helicopter A UAV powered by an electric hybrid engine, Falx Air has decided to carry on the tradition of fast charging battery systems. For keeping weight under control, the company has decided to use materials under aerospace certified composite materials. It is designed to carry a payload of 70 kg, and for long distance surveillance. 10. Drones powered by dye-sensitized solar cells Drones powered by dye-sensitized solar cells Drones powered by dye-sensitized solar cells Researchers at University of Washington are developing an UAV using purple bacteria. They are developing a synthetic dye from it. A pigment in the dye can convert CO2 to carbohydrates. Researchers are trying to mirror the mechanism to convert sunlight into electricity. These type of cells never need to be changed.

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Smartphone application can save your money by increasing your car’s fuel efficiency

August 30, 2011 by  
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B Phanindra Kumar: Smartphone Increasing fuel efficiency Smartphones that have attracted the people are now going to benefit the mankind by preserving the environment besides saving the money by increasing car’s fuel efficiency. Are you wondering as to how phones are going to protect the environment? In July, 2011 a few researchers from MIT and Princeton University have come up with this mobile application that is worth hailing. According to the proposed system, the use of smart phones will save the environment as they are going to reduce the fuel consumption of the cars and other vehicles by nearly 20 per cent. This innovative mobile application helps the car driver fix brackets on the dashboards of their cars. It is in the dashboard that a driver will have to fix the smartphone. A person can use the smartphone as his navigation by just installing a mobile application. Besides navigation, a driver can get the useful information such as free parking space, bus numbers plying in that area and the number of the filling stations in the area along with the prices per liter. Though people are familiar with the navigation system, they are not aware of the feature– photo capture of the traffic signals from a distance. With the help of this unique feature, one can know if there’s a red light from a distance. This will allow the car driver to slow down the speed of the vehicle eventually. When a person slows down the speed of the car, he would not have the need to stop at the signal as the signal is likely to turn to green when the car slowly reaches the junction. Each time a person halts a car and restarts it, his car would be emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases. Since this application alarms the driver to slow down the car, he will have the chance to avoid stopping the car at the signals. This way the new application would be very beneficial to the environment. Apart from alarming the driver to slow down the car, the application also asks the driver to increase the car speed if it detects that there’s a green signal ahead. This is something awesome and that’s the reason why the researchers won the award for the application. Now, one is not sure as to when this application would come into reality. Even if it comes to reality, will the governments make the application mandatory in order to protect the environment is a million dollar question. Source: MIT

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Tips to reduce energy consumption of your house

August 29, 2011 by  
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DrHimanshu Mirani: Energy Star Energy efficiency With inflation burning a hole in every pocket and the impending doom of exhaustion of all non-renewable sources of energy, energy conservation today is the buzz word. Not only from the financial point of view, it’s also a responsibility of every informed and vigilant household to contribute towards energy conservation. Howsoever clichéd it may sound but it’s true, energy saved is energy produced. Following are some tips to reduce energy consumption at your home: 1. Switch off unused appliances First things first, always switch off the lights, fans or other appliances if they are not in use. It’s the easiest of all the methods. 2. Washing Always wash full load in washing machines and dishwashers. Prefer drying clothes on lines as it saves about 3-5KW per load of clothes. 3. Computers: Energy management options are in all computers. In Windows it’s in control panel. Mac users can find similar options in System preferences. Also instead of ‘stand-by mode’, prefer to use to use ‘sleep mode’. Set the computer to ‘Hibernate’ after about half an hour of inactivity. It consumes lesser energy then to restart the computer again. 4. Energy Star certified appliances Prefer to use only Energy efficiency certified appliances at home. Also prefer laptops over desktops for they are more energy efficient. Switch over to energy saving TVs from the conventional ones. Use energy efficient lamps instead of tube lights and bulbs with heating filament. 5. Windows Windows are a great way to cool the house as they allow ample ventilation but they must not serve as ‘leaking points’ of conditioned air. Fill in all cracks and crevices in the frames. Always close the windows while AC is on. Replace the windows which you don’t use. Use ‘window treatment’ to enhance their contribution to temperature regulation by exploiting their ‘greenhouse effect’ in winters and use shades/ awnings/ blinds/ shutters/ mesh/ reflector films etc in summers. Also put up exhaust fans in kitchen and bathroom windows to vent out hot and humid air. 6. Routine maintenance Wipe the dust off the tube lights and bulbs as it decreases their illumination. Check that the door of your fridge closes tightly so that there is no air leak. It can be assessed by putting a currency note between closed doors and pulling the bill out. If it comes off easily, it indicates the need to fix it. 7. Renewable Energy Photovoltaic energy is available free of cost and abundantly. So install solar water heaters/ solar lamps/ solar cookers/ solar chargers and batteries and see a drastic cut in your expenses. It’s just a onetime investment as the semi-conductors come with lifelong guarantee! Special materials can be used in flooring in cold areas, which absorb sun’s heat. This way they can be heated when the sun shines and would release warmth during the night. Similarly if you are stay in a windy city, then try to tap the potential of wind energy. 8. Temperature regulation Set the temperatures of your refrigerator around 0-5°C and reduce the thermostat settings of geyser to around 60°C. 9. Fans Prefer using fans over ACs as even fans reduce the perceived temperature by around 4°C (depends on humidity levels). Try to put AC in ‘auto’ mode and use fan instead as AC-fan consumes more power. 10. Energy audit Locate an ‘Energy consultant’ and get an energy audit done for your home. They help to set a target and point out deficiencies in energy management in a very objective way exclusively designed for your home.

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Bharat Electronics showcases $75 solar-powered Android tablet

August 8, 2011 by  
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Nandini Moulik: Solar powered tablet Designed by Bharat Electronics Limited India-based Bharat Electronics Limited has announced the development of a $75 solar-powered tablet. The company has been able to design, manufacture and ship 2000 sample tablets in less than five months. Maintaining an approach to low cost computing, these tablets will be much handy in power deficit rural areas. BEL, a leading manufacturer of radars and communication equipments for the defense department in India, has bagged this order from the Ministry of Rural Development of India. The Managing Director and Chairman of BEL, Ashwani Kumar Dutt, was proud to announce the launching of solar powered tablets within a record low time period. Running Android 2.2, this tablet is equipped with a solar powered power back up and will allow data storage through a cloud based server. The tablet will store data to the central server running on a solar powered battery. The tablet comes in a decent leather pouch with a keyboard connected through a cable. Other specifications have not yet been disclosed, but it seems that this $75 Android tablet is practically viable than the previous $35 Sakshat tablet, launched by Kapil Sibal. The subsidized $35 tablet released by Indian HRD ministry could not gain steam owing to its manufacturing cost and features. Tablet manufacturing is picking up in India, and this Android tablet has been designed indigenously to create waves in the market. Other factors like running capacity of the tablet, durability and maintenance are to be considered as these are specially meant for the economically backward class. The tablet may not be modish in appearance, but will surely serve the purpose. BEL has targeted to release 600,000 tablets by this November that will boost its revenue significantly through this first civilian order. Given the falling prices of tablets in the world, this cheaply priced and indigenously built Android tablet is ready to take on any low priced tablet in the international market. The price and customization facilities may pose few challenges to BEL in the future, but this has been a commendable achievement for the organization to manufacture 2000 solar powered tablets within a record time. BEL has taken up this project with a long term vision, as it spent about $1.5 million in creating additional facilities to produce modernized versions of solar powered tablets for the students. Although, this tablet is not available for the masses, but BEL is not ruling out the possibility of manufacturing for the commoners in future. Via: Trak

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