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Solar Laptop Bag: Are These Things Getting Better, or Worse?

It's like I'm playing my own personal waiting game with solar bags; I really want one, but I don't want to pay hundreds of dollars. When I see new ones, like this briefcase-looking Solar Laptop Bag from the MoMA Store, I just sigh. Six hundred dollars but it's still not amazingly fabulous-looking. It's definitely not terrible and has its own perspective, but it's not worth what I see as a large sum.

I get the necessary expense of solar, but I'm a little dumbfounded that design isn't being promoted at least. Oh well, they do appear to be getting less heinous, but still nothing will make me rack up my credit card bill until a solar bag looks close to this!

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jennyxyzzy jennyxyzzy 8 years
Sigh. Honestly, for that kind of price, spending an extra $20 to make it look good would seem like a pretty obvious choice. But no. I'm an engineer, and I see this all the time - my company develops product all of the time that are technically competent, and yet they never spend the tiny fraction of extra time that it would take to make our products fun to use, rather than just functional. Part of the problem comes from many engineers just having no taste (seriously! No taste what so ever - there are some engineers who do not even understand what taste is, let alone have any!). Another part of it comes from the commercial side - people aren't willing to take the risk of making a product that is slightly more expensive than the competition, but better designed. Yet another part of the problem is that many of the people that buy this type of product (the laptop bag) are corporate purchasers that care more about spending as little money as possible than whether their staff would prefer the more expensive item. All three factors combine to consistently give us monstrosities like the one in the article... If only there were more Steve Jobs in the world. Sigh
stone_soup stone_soup 8 years
By the looks of it, they are getting worse!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
I too am eyeing a solar bag, but I'm not too hot on the available designs. I don't mind shelling out a few hundred dollars for some worthwhile technology -- which I totally think it is -- but technology needs to progress a little more so the solar cells are much smaller, and easier to incorporate into designs. With that said, something like this would be magnificent for Burning Man next year...
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 8 years
I agree that solar (and all green design) should be done more and promoted more.
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