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Brief Published: 9 Dec 2013

Solar-Powered Sunglasses


Mumbai-based designer Sayalee Kaluskar has created a pair of sunglasses that feature solar-panel arms that can charge an iPhone 5 once the sun goes down. 

Called Shama Shades, the sunglasses have a classic shape akin to Ray-Ban wayfarers (the designer consulted with the company on the project), with the added bonus of photovoltaic cells within the arms. These panels are connected to a battery hidden within the arm that is capable of storing power all day long without affecting the overall look and style of the sunglasses. The arms can be detached from the glasses to reveal a USB plug-in compatible with the iPhone 5, so you can charge it on the move.

The sunglasses were created as part of a project while Kaluskar was studying at Miami Ad School in the US, and are as yet unavailable to purchase. We love how Kaluskar didn’t forget the importance of style when creating this piece of sustainable, wearable technology – an essential consideration when combining fashion with tech. See Watching the Wrist and Tech Trends for 2014 for more on the rise of wearable technology.