Just in time for the Texas summer and the arrival of the dreaded mosquito. I’m not sure about the chemical Linalool, but it’s been approved by the USDA and rumored to be more effective than Deet and Citronella. At just over $10 in the states, I can this moving off the shelves.
"This Mosquito Blocker using a solar panel built into the top of its design to charge the rechargeable batteries allowing them to power the device after dusk. The Blacker uses a chemical called Linalool that was developed in cooperation with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). This chemical has been shown to be twice as effective as DEET and even more significantly better than Citronella oil which both work to deter mosquitoes by stopping them from being able to track human scent. "
Boy how I’d like to get my hands on one of these. Besides reducing power consumption, we can reduce the number of cords and adapters we have to lug around. And as Candace Lombardi writes, the cost of the technology enabling these applications is decreasing
One of the main things holding back small incorporable solar has been the cost. But with CIGS coming along further in terms of both efficiency and production cost compared to silicon solar cells, integrating flexible thin-film solar cells finally looks commercially viable.
CNET says data from Ascent
Solar suggests the Samsonite products will ably keep power-hungry gadgets charged like media players and handheld navigators.