New “Solar-Sequin” Handbag Isn’t Hideous

Geeks are a picky lot–I can admit this without shame because i’m a choosy geek myself. Anything functional should also be aesthetically pleasing, since any real tech-lover will be using the thing, maybe even in public, on a fairly regular basis.

So. Solar-powered bags have been around for a while and for the most part, have not caught much of my attention. Why? Because they’re so damn ugly. Sure, I can charge my phone while I’m away from my car or desk, but if I have to carry around the least attractive accessory in design history to do so, well… I’ll just check my email less often.

Today on Engadget, though, I saw this lovely thing. I don’t hate it. In fact, I think the “solar-sequin” idea is kind of interesting and modern-looking in a good way. And according to the Diffus press release:

At night or in dark surroundings, opening the bag activates optical fibres attached to the inside of the bag that give a diffuse glow and assist in the search for keys, purse or other objects of vital importance.

That’s maybe a bit hyperbolic, since the contents of my purse usually fall between “Why do I have this?” and “Oh, I forgot about that” range, but it is a cool idea for excess stored energy to power an interior light. I do wish the bag were a different shape, since this one smacks of 80s corporate to me, but I think future versions of Diffus’s solar handbags may not suck. I’ll hold out a bit before laying down any cash, but I foresee good things.

What do you think? Yea or nay, Geeks?

[source and image: Engadget]



8 Responses to New “Solar-Sequin” Handbag Isn’t Hideous

  1. Sounds like a good bag to have (when the design of it improves). Maybe the next level to this would be to add a good enough power saver to then charge up other devices in your bag like the mobile, iPod or any other devices. :)

  2. Did any of the other commenters bother clicking through to the full article?

    "Diffus Solar Handbag charges your cell during the day, may actually leave the closet"

    …The Solar Handbag from Diffus, a Danish design studio, integrates 100 "solar sequins" in a pattern that ladies may actually find socially acceptable, perhaps even attractive. During the day, the bag is capable of generating 2 watts of power, enough to charge many portable gadgets…

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