Minjoo Kwan's probably-won't-be found-at-your-local-Home Depot-anytime-soon design concept, the Blind Air Conditioner, is exactly as described: a solar-powered AC unit that's also a set of window blinds. On a hot and sunny day when the blinds are drawn, solar panels built into the top of the blinds power a built-in air conditioning unit. Cool. Kwan, who apparently likes a good breeze, explains further:
Imagine a cool breeze blowing from your window! ‘Blind Air Conditioner’ is an innovative air conditioner that can also function as a blind. ‘Blind Air Conditioner’ is installed on the window itself like a blind, thereby emphasizing the image of a window on a breezing morning. ‘Blind Air Conditioner’ challenges the old design by combining the functionality of both an air conditioner as well as a foldable blind.
Hmmph. I’d like to think something like the Blind Air Conditioner would be possible in the not-so-distant future but there needs to be a few functionality kinks worked out if this concept reaches a second phase. When next summer hits and my own electric bills skyrocket, I'm going to certainly dream of cool, solar-powered breezes.
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