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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Soccer ball The World Cup 2014 is upon us and yet no one is using the solar powered soccer ball announced in 2010 by Taiwan-based Greendix. Like so many “solar” products, this one was supposed to improve life for particular groups, in this case the visually impaired, who are being denied the opportunity to bite rival players. The built-in solar panels provide electricity to power motion sensors, so the ball knows you are nearby, and audio alerts, to guide you to the ball. Completely overlooked is the fact that visually impaired, i.e., blind, players still would have no idea if a teammate or rival player – not equipped with solar-powered sensors - is nearby getting ready to bite them.

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