Product development company Quirky is trying to help bring to market the Ray, a solar-powered charger for portable electronic devices like cell phones, iPods and the like. Designed by one Brandon Craven to combat the ever-looming specter of running out of battery power, the Ray is ideal for people on the go, who can’t always find a place to plug in.
According to Greenlaunches, the Ray does not need to be outside to charge effectively, but can work well in a sunny window, meaning that devices can be charged in offices or even in the car.
The Ray’s batteries are capable of storing enough energy to fully charge a cell phone. It comes equipped with a suction cup and a collapsible kickstand that allow for a variety of positions, allowing the solar panel to capture the most sunlight, either on a flat surface or stuck on a window. The device to be charged is simply plugged in via a USB cord, which can be tucked away for storage. An LED indicator light shows the status of the charge.
Currently, the Ray measures about 2.5″ × 2.5″ × 3″, but this is subject to change in production. At the time this story went to press, Quirky noted the Ray is still in “pre-order commitments” mode, meaning once the product hits a presale threshold, it will be moved into production. The idea here is that by pre-ordering, not only do you get the Ray at a discounted price, but you also directly influence bringing an innovative design to market. Sounds like a win-win to us.