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First bug-repelling, gesture-controlled solar charger unveiled

Start-up Third Wave Power unveiled what it claims is the "World's First" multi-purpose, gesture-controlled solar-powered charger at this year's Clean Energy Expo.

gadgets Updated: Nov 04, 2011 12:52 IST

Start-up Third Wave Power unveiled what it claims is the "World's First" multi-purpose, gesture-controlled solar-powered charger at this year's Clean Energy Expo.



The Singapore-based Third Wave Power, winner of this year's Techventure "Most Eco-Friendly Start-Up Award," showcased its multi-purpose solar-powered charger at this year's Clean Energy Expo which was held in Singapore over November 1-3.



The company claims that the solar-powered charger, called the mPowerPad, is the world's first "all-in-one portable solar charger with gesture based control."



Designed for people operating 'off-grid' or in remote locations, the tablet-sized device consists of solar panels on the back which can capture energy in six hours, stored in a 2500mAh capacity battery.



In addition to being able to charge gadgets such as smartphones, the device also includes a 8W equivalent LED light output, a radio and even insect repellent -- all of these functions are controlled by tilting the device.



Co-founder of Third Wave Power, Lim Chuin Kiat stated that the device was "designed for ultimate ease-of-use. With a built-in accelerometer, functions are activated by [simply] tilting or turning the device. Anyone in the world -- regardless of culture, literacy or education, will find [it] extremely easy to use."



The mPowerPad represents a new twist in the growing market for solar-powered chargers for smartphones and other such devices.



Another innovative approach to solar-powered chargers, albeit in a different direction, was also unveiled in October by German company Changers.



Changers's device, which caters for various makes of smartphones and e-readers, rewards frequent users with possible virtual rewards redeemable through a social community, which the company argues also helps creates a sense of competition among users of the solar-powered charger.



The Changers starter kit is available to pre-order for $149 via Changers.com



The mPowerPad is expected to begin being shipped in 2012 and is estimated to retail for $80 per unit.