Cool Innovation In The Light Of Day

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Ok, so you've heard the lament that the industry isn't producing any killer apps or true innovation.

Perhaps, though, it may be a little more complicated than that. There really is innovation. But a lot of it is flying under the radar, getting little attention and, perhaps, even less in the way investment.

Via Mikehall's Embedded Weblog, we found Engadget's Rube Goldberg-like approach to repowering a smart watch, an Apple iPod and a few, other USB-connected devices.

Or, more precisely, solar-powering them.

Of course, it's all in the alpha stage, as you can tell by this warning:

Once we finish, we'll make this a how-to article as well. We are a little concerned that some people might fry their iPods, so we're spending some extra time on this one to make sure we document and experiment on our own warranty voided stuff first.

Given that companies like Intel are committed to spending millions--if not billions--to address the brick-wall limits of battery power, it may be worth keeping an eye on the little guys who are open-sourcing their R&D, and literally, putting it under the light of day for all to see.

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