Every year, it seems, we have a new indispensable electronic device to cram into our carry-ons: a digital camera, an iPod, a BlackBerry. And each one comes with an indispensable charger, so daily powering now requires more electrical outlets than a Las Vegas casino. Fortunately, the designers at Ermenegildo Zegna have figured out a convenient way to let you plug everything into one outlet — the sun. With Zegna Sport’s solar jacket, all you need to power your gadgets is five hours of sunshine, no matter where you are on the planet. The lightweight, waterproof jacket will make you look like Jason Bourne, eco warrior, as the solar cells on your neoprene collar feed a rechargeable battery that works with a range of adapters. The collar and battery also detach, so you can use the tech without wearing the threads. There’s no ladies’ version yet, so women should snag the collar from significant others to power their own devices.
Story by Michael Dolan. This article originally appeared in Plenty in February 2008.
Copyright Environ Press 2008.