INNOVATIONS FOR BETTER LIVING

New solar cell technology converts any form of light into electrical power

Swedish industrial company Exeger has teamed up with lifestyle brands POC, Urbanista, and adidas Headphones to bring endless energy to their products.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
October 07, 2021

Exeger’s unique and patented solar cell material Powerfoyle is resilient, flexible, and seamless and can be integrated into all products that benefit from being self-powered. It’s giving us smarter products and revolutionising the perception of available energy. 

This spring, Swedish headphone company Urbanista launched the new Los Angeles model. It’s the world’s first self-charging headphone, powered by Powerfoyle, and converts all forms of light, outdoor and indoor, into clean, endless energy to deliver virtually infinite playtime. Just an hour spent outside on a sunny day generates three hours of playtime. If it’s a cloudy day, you still get two hours of playtime for every hour spent outside. The headphones even charge in ambient light — wearing them indoors in a well-lit room or office will keep the headphones charging. Urbanista Los Angeles will be available this fall. During the summer, Exeger and adidas Headphones announced their partnership to produce sustainably conscious Sport headphones.

Exeger has also teamed up with sports helmets and apparel company POC for the launch of Omne Eternal — the world’s first self-powered cycling helmet with endless energy. To enhance a rider’s safety on the road, it features an automatic and self-powered light, which also uses Powerfoyle and never needs charging with a cable or activation from an on or off switch. 

How does the helmet contribute to better living? 

— It’s been created to enhance safety without ever needing a second thought. Always charged, always ready, and automatic. And as it will charge in any light, the enhanced safety will encourage more people to ride, which will benefit the riders’ health and their environment, says Damian Phillips, POC’s head of communication.

This is #23 on our list with 25 Innovations for better living from Scandinavian MIND Issue 2

1. Here’s the first furniture brand to publish their climate footprint
2. Unique Bio2 textile can make a change in our polluted world
3. Patented technology can turn the eyewear industry circular
4. Filtration technology saves you from hidden pollution at home
5. This Swedish collective launches line with skincare for objects
6. Powder to liquid wash can change personal care as we know it
7. This household product line cleans with all-natural sugar surfactants
8. Spinnova’s textile fibre might be the world’s most groundbreaking
9. Here’s how AI can be used to create your ultimate personal scent
10. Design brand Verk takes local production one — big — step further
11. CAKE is here to challenge the status quo for motorbikes
12. This solar cell can be powered by ordinary indoor light
13. Revolutionary reusable sanitary protection is about to hit the market
14. A green version of the super-material graphene transforms the industry
15. Groundbreaking recyling app teams up with the world’s leading brands
16. This Finnish eco-design brand’s toilet is made of wood
17. Cleantech scaleup aims to liberate the world from harmful energy
18. Post-consumer textiles and wood cellulose become new sustainable fibre
19. How charging members a small monthly fee challenges the linear retail industry
20. Private, well-designed zero distraction units can create better workplaces

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