Want to support green product innovation in Motor City, USA? Check out the Solar Vox, a solar charger with unique aesthetics developed by Eric Botzen, an industrial and product design living and working in Detroit.
The Solar Vox (which comes to us via Makezine) got its start when the designer saw media coverage on the “dangerous makeshift charging stations” being used by those affected by recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. He wanted to create a solar charger that was light, compact and rugged, and could be used anywhere in the world. The result was an off grid charger with a unique, four-way design that allows it to harvest the rays of the sun at four different angles; it can charge cell phones, iPods, and other devices. It also has the capability to charge two standard “AA” rechargeable batteries and is USB-compliant.
So far, it sounds like many of the great concept designs we cover here at EarthTechling–but there’s an important twist. Rather than waiting for an electronics manufacturer to come along and take him up on this design, Eric Botzen, via his website, Botzen Design, has gone ahead and manufactured the Solar Vox, right there in Detroit. You can pre-order yours today (although a price has not yet been specified).