In Pictures: 13 things to do with the sun besides getting a tan

How technology is bringing out the best and the oh-so utterly worst in solar innovation

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Portable charger Technically, Ray is not a product. It’s an idea whose time has not yet come. It evolved from an original idea submitted to Quirky.com by Brandon Craven apparently in 2011: window blinds with solar panels, feeding electricity to a USB hub. But the final idea is for a solar panel that can attach by suction to a window pane (or use the kickstand at the bottom to prop it up). The USB cable plugs into your iWhatever or other Mobile Goody. But development is currently suspended in what is a highly competitive segment (see Mashable’s April 2014 list of eight solar-powered chargers). Projected retail price: up to $49.99.

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