Adidas will now sell you a pair of solar powered headphones – The Verge

Solar-powered gadgets are nothing new – Logitech has sold keyboards that never need to be plugged in For more than a decade now. But an audio headset where solar cells almost blend into the design? Until this week, we had just tried one of them. Now, there are at least four.

On Tuesday, Adidas announced RPT-02 SOLa pair of $230 self-charging Bluetooth cases with Exeger’s Powerfoyle solar cells embedded directly into the recycled plastic headband (Across Engadget). This is the same solar technology as in We reviewed Urbanista Los Angeles’ solar powered headphones Last year, they also quoted the same 80 hours of “standby” battery life, even in a pitch-black room.

I wouldn’t know it had solar cells unless you told me.
Photo: adidas

We haven’t tried the Adidas headset yet, but the solar technology worked just as well when my colleague John Porter at Urbanistas tried it out. Even indoors, without leaving it to charge in the sun, we saw surprisingly low battery drain. “The beauty of the Los Angeles headphones is that you don’t have to think about it,” John wrote. Adidas doesn’t mention active noise cancellation (something LA has) or any great audio codecs, but it does have IPX4 water resistance, a microphone, and a USB-C port for backup charging. And the Engadget write it their predecessormade by Zound, had a remarkably good voice.

Urbanista is now also bringing in Powerfoyle boards To a set of true wireless earbuds (well, technically, their charging case)A company called Blue Tiger also put what it claims is the “world’s first solar-powered communications headset” for sale late last month, again with Powerfoyle cells and a noise-cancelling microphone. Blue Tiger Solare costs $220.

Headphone Blue Tiger SolareAnd the Which does not quote a number to retain battery life.
Photo: blue tiger

I also spotted this next POC Omni Eternal Bike Helmetwhich uses cells to power a back-end safety flash.

It wasn’t a given that this technology would take off, even to such an elementary degree. JBL funded a pair of headphones like these on Indiegogo in 2019 But the project ended up being canceled and refunds handed over. Another Indiegogo campaign for solar powered earbuds by a company called Pearl Audio Currently under review.

But the technology actually works, at least for low-power devices like this one. He is really cute When you don’t have to think About shipping tools.

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