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Orange Solar Tent – if you go down to the woods today…

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For camping lovers who can’t live without their eco-friendly gadgets, the solar tent is a must have. UK mobile company Orange has created this cool tent with photovoltaic fabric – specially coated solar threads woven into conventional fabric – plus a heated groundsheet that triggers heat automatically once the interior temperature falls below a set level. There’s also a magnetic induction charging pouch and a wireless hub which displays energy generated and consumed and provides a wireless internet signal. All information is displayed on a flexible, touch enabled LCD display screen.

The solar tent also utilizes cool “glo-cation technology”, so if you wander too far from camp, simply activate either the SMS or RFID technology of your cell phone and the tent’s glow will guide you safely back.

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I’m not so sure how it is for sleeping – does the glow turn off with the flick of a button or keep going to ward off critters?

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


12 Comments

  • Is this tent actually available, or is it just at the concept stage? I have heard elsewhere it will be on sale soon. Is this true?

  • "does the glow turn off with the flick of a button or keep going to ward off critters?"

    In my experience light only ATTRACTS mosquitoes rather than repelling them.

  • Is it for sale or not? Roger ( above) asked the same question 136 weeks ago.

    • I think you'll find it's a concept only, which is easy to spot if you read the site directly.

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