The more I've gotten into solar
energy, the more I've realized that just about anything electrical
can be powered by the sun. Some of the devices seem counter
intuitive, like freezers or indoor oscillating fans. Sometime
I ask myself "what is the need for this particular product"?
Thinking about it more always provides at least a few answers, if I
think long enough. What if I were trying to power my hunting
cabin in Alaska? How could I stave off heat exhaustion & death
in this city if the electricity grid went down for months? How
can I be more self reliant and less dependent on others for my
desire to consume energy or be comfortable? Is there a way to
help the environment and save money too? You get the idea.
Some devices are novelties and a
tad obscure, like the
solar fan hat.
But, if you were lost in Death Valley for days, that little ballcap
could become your buddy ~ like Wilson :).
Anyway, I'm not entirely sure of
the rational behind these things but, they exist. I'm sure if
I thought hard enough, I could come up with valid reasons. Or,
Solar Powered Digital Tire
Gauge: This product, straight out of China, probably fell
flat for a reason. Their website says "This product is out of
stock, and not coming back." The sad thing is that it was
cheaper than any analog tire gauge in my town, go figure.
Cockroach: I was
trying to figure why until my nine year old son said it was way
cool. There's your demographic, market there!
Solar Powered Bra - More
of a gimmick than anything but, I could see where (or wear)
backpacks or vests could fill niches with those who are outdoors
an inordinate amount of time with their daily duties.
There are a ton of questionable
solar ideas. When we fail to be creative, in any regard, we
become sheeple. Think it forward and throw it at a wall.
If it don't stick, try again, and again, and again...