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Solarpunk Workspace


  1. 13W or greater portable solar charger for USB compatible devices (this one is 25 W)
  2. 10,000mAH external battery/usb charger (example)
  3. USB LED strip light (I like this one a LOT)

Assembly instructions:

  1. plug external battery into solar charger
  2. place charger in sunny spot.
  3. hang your strip light. These are painfully bright, so I recommend placing them somewhere facing a wall or ceiling where you won’t look directly at the LEDs. They fit great on door and window trim. They’re very light, so emovable sticky stuff like command adhesive works fine for renters. 
  4. when your battery is charged (6-8 hrs from dead to full charge), plug the light in and enjoy 4-6 hours of bright, Eco-friendly work lighting.

Additional notes: please, for the love of beautiful things, make your area as art nouveau or retro-futurist as you’d like; this is more of a technical post than an aesthetic one. Don’t let my cramped little writing desk with oddball junk on it limit your imagination.

“The Device” - I got a preview of this device today from one of my students. The photograph really does not do justice to the work that has gone into this, there is quite a lot of stuff packed into this handful. 

Everything is powered by a phone battery (to the right) through USB connections. The 4 port hub on the left has individual switches, there is a battery recharger to the top and a wifi card in the middle which sits over the top of a removable very flat mouse.

All of this sits in a metal frame that can comfortably seat a netbook or notepad and underneath all of this is a CDROM drive (because netbook’s don’t have CD drives). Underneath that(!) is a turntable that enables everything to spin 360 degrees. 

Apparently the next step is to put a remote control car chassis underneath so that the device and the netbook on top of it can be summoned up. Oh, and somewhere amongst all of this is also a pen holder. The interesting part of this is that all the components are relatively common place and cheap - it is the integration of all these that components that make it interesting.

I was quite impressed and could see how the steampunk folks could model this up but equally a more industrial design sentiment could be applied. With the wonders of miniaturisation I can see how the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver started.