http://youtu.be/mzyCQqaBji8 Kickstarter is definitely on a continues roll in opening doors for some of the most awesome projects! Their new feature Electree+ Solar Charger is among them.
This new futuristic solar charger is basically a sculptural bonsai tree with 27 solar cells for "leaves." The tree's branches can be adjusted to catch the rays just right, and its internal battery will store enough electricity to charge an iPhone nine times over, a Galaxy seven times, or an iPad twice.
French designer Vivien Muller stated: “Nature has selected over millions of years the most efficient structures to capture solar energy. The tree’s shape is thus the best means to take advantage of solar energy. While studying fractals, I realized that one could draw a tree by repeating and transforming a basic pattern.”
After the electree+ team worked out all the details with a batch of prototypes last year, the group ran into some issues with their contracted Chinese manufacturers, which he says has given them the experience they need to do things right. This time it's being fabricated locally in the United States, where they can keep it practical, personal, and keep tabs on quality control. Vivian Muller says; “Working locally is more personal,” "You know the people and they are all invested in the project".
In order to fully charge, electree+ needs around 36 hours of sunlight. In other words, to charge an average smartphone, the solar bonsai will need about 4 hours of exposure to sunlight. Because of the tree its humble yet cool design, I'm sure people will like having an electree+ around, especially since they will also be able to save energy this way. The charger will have two sets of USB ports: one with 1A, adequate for smarphones, and one with 2A, which should used for charging tablets.
At the moment, 54 backers pledged $10,792, out of the $200,000 goal. However, the project will be featured for 36 more days on Kickstarter, so maybe the developers will get the necessary support, so that electree+ enters mass production.