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Just found this found it interesting on what people will try to do/design to get out into nature
http://www.solarenergygreenlifestyleforyou.com/2009/07/orange-solar-concept-tent-for-campers.html

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The UK mobile company Orange recently unveiled their concept for the "tent of the future", called Glastonbury. This tent will allow avid campers to keep in touch and power their essential gadgets such as GPS or mobile phones.

The Orange Solar Concept Tent was designed with help from the American product design firm Kaleidoscope and it harnesses solar energy to charge the gadgetry through a wireless charging pouch (no plug in!).

The solar-powered futuristic tent captures the rays of the sun via “photovoltaic fabric" - specially coated solar threads woven into conventional fabric. The Solar Concept Tent uses this revolutionary new technology to full effect with three adjustable glides, which can be rotated throughout the day to follow the sun and capture the most sunlight. Not only that, the tent has a wireless control hub to provide WiFi, wireless charging, and a touchscreen LCD display that keeps track of the energy generated and consumed.

Another advancement is a cool feature called "glo-cation technology". This enables campers to find their tent using an SMS message or automatic active RFID tech. So if you’re having trouble finding your tent, sent a text, and the Glastonbury will glow gently for you, guiding you back to your sleeping bag.

There is also a feature known as groundsheet heat. This is an internal heating element controlled by the central hub and it is embedded within the tent’s groundsheet. The underfloor heater will automatically come once the interior temperature drops below a certain level.

Well, let's hope that the Orange Solar Concept Tent could soon become a reality.


Source: Orange Unveils Solar Powered Tent for Staying Connected While Camping in Luxury
 
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Well that is different. Certainly not for me (or many here I'd suspect) but I can see a market for it.
 

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Amazing. I love the sound of “photovoltaic fabric" – that could be very useful.
Plug your device into your tarp, or jacket …. Lots of possibilities
 

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I note this article is from July 2009. I wonder if any of these technologies have been put into production?
 

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All good until it rains and there is wear point in the fabric and it shorts out while your sleeping inside......lol
I take a mobile bush for safety, if there is reception. I still reckon it would be cheaper to have a battery pack. It is amazing technology
 
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