Energy, Fashion and a Hornet December 01 2014, 0 Comments


It's remarkable how the Asian Hornet enables a photo-voltaic effect to power its activity. Researchers found that the yellow and brown stripes on the hornet's abdomen can absorb solar radiation and the yellow pigment transforms that into electric power. Optimized for survival, nature can teach us how to solve some of our most pressing challenges, such as those involving energy. 

We all have an energy problem and at the same time, we have a sustainable source of ambient solar energy available to us throughout our day. We developed Carbon to help solve energy problems. The design and functionality of Carbon was informed by nature and guided by daily living. The result is our version of wearable tech that functions as a analog watch, harvests solar energy and powers your mobile devices.

Informed By Nature

Think of the power of the sun and how it supports life on earth. It's renewable, surrounds us every day and it's free to everyone. Why not collect some of that power as we go about our daily lives, just like the Asian Hornet.  The integrated energy harvesting design found in many living organisms is one example of how Carbon was informed by nature. The fact that organisms go about their daily routines and at the same time, they are engineered to make use of the sun for energy. But how do we adapt energy harvesting technology to fit our lifestyle?

Fashion as a Mechanism

Fashion is the mechanism through which we integrate our version of wearable tech. Worn on the wrist just like a watch, Carbon is designed to harvest solar energy as you go about your day. Consider it human integrated energy harvesting. You would really have to inspect Carbon closely to see that it might be something other than a watch. And from our perspective, that's how wearable energy should be. Meaning, energy harvesting tech needs to be non-intrusive and discretely integrated in our lifestyle in order to be broadly accepted.