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These Solar Panel Headphones Can Charge Your Smartphone

Submitted by on July 8, 2013 – 2:05 pmOne Comment

The team behind OnBeat headphones has come up with a novel solution to the problem of drained smartphone batteries. Looking around and seeing seas of people rocking out to their iPods in public, creator Andrew Anderson must have noticed that these people had tons of unused real estate on top of their headphones. His idea? Put a solar panel there.

OnBeats headphones currently exist in prototype form, featuring a flexible solar cell that wraps around the whole headphone band. The cell charges lightweight lithium ion batteries housed in the ear cups, and a USB port allows connection to phones and tablets.

The company is currently soliciting investment through Kickstarter. Their target sum is quite high for a project on the site: almost 300,000 USD. They say this is to meet their manufacturer’s minimum order.

OnBeats claims their headphones can keep a device running all day, though there’s no tests to back this up yet. The video does seem to show that the headphones successfully offer some jolt to devices.

The company also emphasizes that the headphones are not just chargers, but are designed to be great sound machines as well. They feature a sleek black and orange design, as well as the following stats:

  • Audio driver unit size: 40mm
  • Impedance: 32 +/- 10% Ohm
  • Frequency response: 20hz to 20,000Khz
  • Sensitivity: 100 +/- 3 dB

I thought it was funny that the headphones come with a AC charging cord “for rainy days” (why not just plug in your phone instead?!). But using this could enable the headphones to function as a spare battery, instead of having to lug around both.

What do you think? Would you buy OnBeat headphones?

[via TechCrunch]


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