Telecom giant Orange unveiled a concept solar tent in conjunction with the opening of the Glastonbury music festival in the U.K. The tent is a concept, currently not available yet.
Solar Energy Collection
The idea is that specially coated solar threads are woven into conventional fabric so designers wouldn’t have to use fixed solar panels to harness the energy. It would also have three directional glides that can be moved throughout the day to maximize solar efficiency and energy collection.
The solar energy is channeled into four main power uses: heating, lighting, communications and recharging.
The most amazing bit about this concept solar powered tent is its central wireless control hub which lets you see the amount of energy being generated and used, as well as sending out a wireless internet signal for anyone who needs to surf the internet. This is displayed on a touchscreen LCD display screen.
The control hub also has a wireless charging pouch which powers mobile phones and other portable devices without the need for messy wires and multiple chargers. The “magnetic induction” technology passes an electric current through a coil embedded in the charging pouch and this in turn generates a magnetic field which creates a charge and powers the battery.
Also controlled by the central hub is the most amazing bonus for the ultimate posh camping experience an internal heating system. This takes the form of a heating element that’s embedded within the tent’s groundsheet giving under floor heating that can be triggered automatically once the temperature falls below a set level.
The tent would be equipped with “Glo-cation” technology that would allow users to find their tents by sending an SMS message or using an automatic RFID tag similar to the ones used in London’s Underground Oyster subway cards. The tent would then glow in response enabling the lost camper to find their tent, the text message triggers a distinctive glow seen from a distance.
The tent would also serve to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal, though it’s unclear whether it would have a Wi-Fi booster for a central area hub or act as an independent Wi-Fi router.
Various sources: Candice Lombardi from Cnet and InspiredCamping
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