The Solar-Powered Bikini: Because Why Not?

New York-based designer Andrew Schneider spends about 80 hours each week stitching photovoltaic mini-panels into bikini forms with conductive thread. If you think you’d like an iKini (that’s right–an iKini), be prepared to drop about $200 for the custom-fitted swimsuit.

Each suit comes equipped with four hidden pockets for carrying anything from a cell phone to an iPod to… something else that needs charging. And if you’re worried about getting your iKini wet, don’t be–as long as you make sure the suit is dry before plugging in your device. “You wouldn’t even feel the charge,” says Schneider.

I appreciate smart solar design as much as the next person, but this swimsuit looks sort of clumsy to me. For 200 bucks I want the panels to lie flat against the suit bottoms. What do you guys think?

[via DailyMail]

25 Responses to The Solar-Powered Bikini: Because Why Not?

  1. Sadly, $200 isn't that crazy of a price for bathing suits.  Plenty of people pay more than that for tiny two pieces.  Who knows why.  If I can spend that and get something to power my mp3 player, it's well worth it.

  2. Thats alot of work, and the technology isnt cheap. so for 200 bucks thats a heck of a deal honestly. sure you could buy a portable charger for a lot less, and then buy a cheaper more comfortable swimsuit but this is a really good idea if he could perfect it

  3. I agree that the suit looks clumsy and unbecoming.  Also, I'm not sure how well it would actually charge a high-tech device.  Definitely more of a novelty device than anything practical.

  4. A girl who wears this is probably not interested in going to the beach… And the guys who would be turned on by this are rarely outside ;) (I say this with love and a smile on my face, because you all know that it's totally true! haha)

    • Hey – I go outside for Hikes and Rock Climbing all the time… there just isn't much reason for someone to wear a bikini in those places…

      • Oh gawd, imagine the chafing if someone wore this hiking and/or rock climbing! haha.

        A bikini top is totally appropriate for "your" activities, I suppose you win this one.

    • Yup, excuses excuses. I'm H2O intolerant ;)

      But seriously… Me too ;) That, and tattoos don't do well with excessive sun exposure… or at least that's what I tell myself. haha.

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