Solar powered communications helmet makes skiing greener
Skiing now turns into a greener affair. German tech firm TEXSYS along with researchers from the Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration has come up with a solar-powered communications helmet for skiers. Sporting a solar panel on the top, the helmet integrates stereo speakers and sports a microphone in the chin strap. Using Bluetooth to hook up with a user’s mobile device, the helmet is controlled via a glove-based controller and comes with an integrated lithium-polymer battery that powers the unit. Capable of operating in temperatures ranging between -30ºC (-22ºF) and 60ºC (140ºF), this solar powered innovation gives skiing an added dash of green.