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Solar power in a can
-Hey, I'm Mark Licea and this week, an iPod dock for your poolside, backpacks made from corn, and solar power in a can.
The Green Show starts now.
The Eton Soulra is an iPod speaker/dock perfect for summer.
David Carnoy has more.
-I'm David Carnoy and I'm here with the Eton Soulra iPod, iPhone portable audio system.
This is actually an audio system that is designed to go outside.
It is both a little bit ruggedized and has a splashproof design.
As you can see, you can hide your iPod or iPhone behind the plastic shield here in the front.
That is removable.
You can also put down this little lid here, but, with that the key thing is is this is a solar charger right here in the lid.
The idea is that you would charge this unit up with the AC adapter.
It has a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery,
then you would take it outside and you would flip this lid up and it would allow you to trickle charge so you get more battery life.
Without any sun, you only get about four hours of battery life, but with the sun, you can probably get in the range of around six hours so this can go for a full day outside.
It also charges your iPod or iPhone.
This is really a very basic audio system.
There is no FM radio.
There's no Bluetooth or anything like that.
Like a lot of these little systems, this one does come with a remote.
It matches the design of the product.
It has kind of an industrial look.
We did like the design of the product.
As for the sound, it's okay but not great.
We found the bass to be a little bit thin.
There is a bass boost on it, but it doesn't offer tremendous clarity and it distorts a little bit at higher volumes, so you wanna play this in sort of a middle volume level but for casual listening outdoors, it certainly does the job.
I'm David Carnoy and that is the Eton Soulra.
-If you're looking for a new bag before classes start, might as well get one that's made out of corn, right?
Mobile Edge just came out with their ScanFast 2.0 bags.
They're TSA approved so you can maneuver through airport security quickly.
The bags are made from DuPont Sorona which is a fabric made from corn.
Reportedly, manufacturing Sorona fabric reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 63%.
Each bag carries a lifetime warranty and you can buy one off the Mobile Edge website.
And solar power comes in a can, well not yet but a Norwegian company,
EnSol AS, has created a transparent spray-on solar film that can gather solar energy from the sun.
The spray is made from metal non-particles and they'll work with windows and car roofs.
The company plans to release the product by 2016.
That's the show for this week.
I'm Mark Licea.
Thanks for watching.
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