Solar Powered Solar Panel Sun Glasses

The glasses themselves don’t need power to block the sun’s rays from your eyes. That’s power-free. The SIG, or “Self-Energy Converting Sunglasses” are quite simple. The lenses of the glasses have dye solar cells, collecting energy and making it able to power your small devices through the power jack at the back of the frame. “Infinite Energy: SIG”

The dye solar cell is described by the designers of the SIG as “cheap organic dye [used with] nano technology [providing] cheap but high energy efficiency.” Inexpensive, light, and visible-ray penetrable. The lens turns sunlight rays, (rays that would otherwise harm the eye,) into electrical energy.

Designers: Hyun-Joong Kim & Kwang-Seok Jeong

175 Comments

  • Mowgli says:

    they look ugly… but if you can get any use out of wearing sunglasses i think this is it..

  • Brian B. says:

    im sorry, but these just look ridiculous!

    • ere time says:

      yeah… they don’t look like they would fit on the nose very well… or provide that much power

  • Kidder says:

    “We can easily make the energy regardless of time and place”? Well gee, what about at midnight?

    And what does powering your iPod, have to do with oil?

    • Powering your iPod has this do do with oil. It is a step…it may not be a huge step, but it is a step in the right direction. It is vertical progress rather than a lateral move; it is a practical application for solar technology be it big or small and will eventually lead to bigger and better things.

      As for “What about at midnight?” that makes no difference at all. There will always be that single tiny flaw until such a time when satellite energy transfer becomes widely used, in which case, this will become obsolete.

      It is foolish to mock progress, even if it is small progress. It is significant regardless of how little.

    • Powering your iPod has this do do with oil. It is a step…it may not be a huge step, but it is a step in the right direction. It is vertical progress rather than a lateral move; it is a practical application for solar technology be it big or small and will eventually lead to bigger and better things.

      As for “What about at midnight?” that makes no difference at all. There will always be that single tiny flaw until such a time when satellite energy transfer becomes widely used, in which case, this will become obsolete.

      It is foolish to mock progress, even if it is small progress. It is significant regardless of how little.

      • zippyflounder says:

        First off, lets make the jump that a transperent solar cell is opticly good enough to be used as a pair of glasses (big assumption). So using current best estimates on the power output of a dye type solar cell @.18 watts per square inch and the likely size of the glasses of will yeild a output of 1.1 watts MAX. The stock battery for a ipod containing 450 maH. What this all means is this, your solar cell glasses will NOT power your IPod directly (it comsumes 2x what your glases can output) and would at best only extend your run time by a little. Progress shold not be mocked, however if we are going pie in the sky lets go all the way and suppose beamed power (ala microwave from orbital sats) where there would be no need for your item.

        • Chris Burns says:

          but you dont need the ipod on all the time (unless you’re an insane ipod person, which most ipod users are) – offline charging of the ipod or phone is a possibility, correct?

          but then, of course, we’d need longer cords. and i dont know one person who really LOVES extra cords hanging all over them.

          • zippyflounder says:

            the point being is the designer didnt bother to do any research, saw something on transparent solar pannels and went bonkers. I would have given the kid a pass, nothing wrong with blue skying but when he trys to defend it by sayin “it is a practical application for solar technology be it big or small and will eventually lead to bigger and better things.” he then opens himself up to comment about its practicality.

    • Garrett says:

      It has more to do with how we get our electricity… the burning of dirty coal and other petroleum products…

  • paul sandip says:

    quite interesting! 🙂

  • Ekove says:

    They look horrible.

    And lol @ the oil picture. Yeah glasses and phones were powered by oil.

    I’m tired of people shoving solar panels to every daily object and making it an innovative design.

    Please people, think harder…you need to go beyond sticking solar panels to a random object. And what’s with the Paris Hilton style sunglasses?

    • Hotmuffin says:

      your a idiot the oil picture is saying that most everything is powered by oil some way or another.

      and on the comment about people making solo shit why don’t you make something important instead of sitting in some dark room criticizing people making a difference in the world

    • iris says:

      okay, FIRST of all captain brilliant -nobody’s saying that GLASSES are powered by oil. and as for phones, what do you think powers them? the loving energy fairies that live in your wall and exist only to power your bedazzled iphone? no, you moron. electricity comes from several sources, one of them being the fossil fuel power plant. and WHAT do these fossil fuel plants USE you ask?? yeah. three guesses.

      it’s people like you that make it harder for people like these inventors to make progress. you just sit in your room, and as long as everything is provided to you, then everything’s fine. just hunky dory. you don’t take the time to think about what people have to do to make your little world run just so. don’t take the time to question the effect you, (and i), and billions of other people around the world are having on the planet.

      so no, these glasses aren’t going to save the world. but it’s something. and as long as it’s a step in the right direction, it doesn’t matter how big of a step it is.

      so next time “lol @” the fact that you’re an idiot.

  • smroepe says:

    WILLY WONKA!

  • calabash says:

    where did you find info about this? i did not find anything about the designers or the agency. i think this is really fake, if not i would like to ask something about technical stuff (i dont really think this will work!)

  • raja says:

    give complete details of the product

  • pradyush says:

    please give thecomplete details of the product and price of the product

    • mongolianbrushfire says:

      please read the manifesto of the site you are at (Yanko Design) and notice that it is about conceptual design : thus the details of the project aren’t always complete, and often the product never gets a price as it’s never put in to production

  • Brian says:

    It’s not a real product, it looks like it is the ideation of a student. Transparent solar cells aren’t real yet (just like clean coal) & at this size, wouldn’t produce enough energy to power an iPod or cellphone. I’m also not a fan of staring into the sun which seems to be the central premise of this design.

  • prodmod says:

    Aside from the many technical issues, I would like to recommend the designer update his photo to show a longer cable, at least in the second photo. Whether you are powering your device directly or charging it, you probably dont want to be limited to hold your device only 1 foot from your face.
    Most ipods are in people pants pockets or jacket pockets.

    And I doubt I’d want to have to stare at the sun to keep my tunes going 😉
    but hey, good effort on thinking big.

  • anonymous says:

    it may hurt the eyes when facing the sun, if you need to power the ipod up.

  • Eric says:

    There are backpacks covered in solar cells to do the same thing, maybe if we really do cover everything in solar cells, all added up, it would benefit our gadgets on the go. Be it noticeable or invisible cells, I see nothing wrong with creating a solar network of our own in the future. Great direction this idea takes us in that respect, regardless of how nonfunctional it is now with current technology. And just because an idea is pointless today, doesn’t mean it won’t have a contributing function later when it IS possible. So props to the idea being ahead of it’s time.

  • Kindle says:

    good work. sell it to Apple and move forward. Very Asian poosh, work on some styles and the young American crowd will run up more debt…OR is that all over..?!?

    • Eric says:

      Apple? Why cause they’re white? And young American debt is NEVER over 😉 Credit card companies flourish on college campuses… Hell I’d get a credit card to buy these if they existed in working form!

  • TTTT says:

    I WANT IT!! NOW… with solar panels or without i don’t care 🙂 it looks sooooooo soooo beautiful!!!!!

  • Brandon says:

    Does it come in “Window”?

  • Eric says:

    Heads up this just got a LOT closer to becoming reality!!!!
    http://news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=2507

  • Fashion Blog says:

    Wearing sunglasses will do you nothing but good.In fact, the lens of these sunglasses turn sunlight rays into electrical energy!It’s really interesting.

  • Anggel says:

    Well, I didn’t read all the post, but I agree with Kisaragi so far, it is only of fools to mock of progress, who cares how they look? with so many problems in the world how can THAT be important?
    I think is awesome, it sure will lead to bigger and better things. Who ever thought that cellphones were going to be what they are today? those huge, heavy, ugly and uncomfortable devices are today little, light, cute and practical.Why not walk into a better and brighter path?

    One drop might not be notice in the huge sea, but if that single drop is poisonous it will be noticed kilometers away…

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  • Justin says:

    how do you order things from this website??

  • jmoney says:

    the cord for the ipod is like a foot long…

  • douglas says:

    ok the reason the glasses have a funny shape is that they are representing the symbol for infinity (as in infinite energy) also, as with all yanko posts there are not REAL PRODUCTS YET! they are all designs, ideas cleverly presented with realistic looking graphics of things and technologies yet to come…therefore they are not available for sale….except as a nice poster or as a picture file…

    there are studies in desing and function, or concepts, many of them years ahead of their time.

    and thumbs up if you got here from a certain buying guide 🙂

  • douglas says:

    ok the reason the glasses have a funny shape is that they are representing the symbol for infinity (as in infinite energy) also, as with all yanko posts there are not REAL PRODUCTS YET! they are all designs, ideas cleverly presented with realistic looking graphics of things and technologies yet to come…therefore they are not available for sale….except as a nice poster or as a picture file…

    there are studies in desing and function, or concepts, many of them years ahead of their time.

    and thumbs up if you got here from a certain buying guide 🙂

  • Krista` says:

    How much are you estimating the cost of these will be?

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