Solar Shirt is the newest project from Pauline van Dongen. Unlike her previous work, which we blogged about here, this garment is designed for men (and women!). On top of integrating the latest in solar wearable technology, Dongen has created a unisex design that’s also beautiful on its own, with a high fashion edge to it. We could easily see ourselves picking this up based solely on the look of it. The output that can be used by the wearer to charge devices like a phone or GPS module is cleverly hidden inside the shirt’s pocket. Dongen’s blending of form and function makes it easy to imagine the move of wearable tech from a niche market to the mainstream.
Solar Solace premiered last Friday on The Creators Project with an accompanying write-up on Dongen’s project:
At first glance, Pauline van Dongen’s newest design could be mistaken for a just a regular tee. Its graphic pattern, thick knit, and rounded shape might even be mistaken for a Proenza Schouler. But van Dongen’s Solar Shirt is much more than just high fashion: it’s her latest article of solar-powered clothing, one that can charge a smartphone in two hours.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.