We've seen a few attempts to turn solar cells into something a tad more fashionable
, but this new so-called Hana-Akari prototype from Sony goes quite a bit further than most, with it employing a newfangled "dye-sensitized" technique to spruce up the otherwise drab solar cells. Apparently, Sony not only sees those being used to power the lamp itself (which appears to use LED lights), but other devices as well, although it seems to be keeping expectations somewhat in check by only showing it with a small fan. As you might have guessed, there's no indication of a release date for any actual products just yet, or a price for that matter, but Sony says that the dye-sensitized process itself is both cheap and effective.
[Via BoingBoing Gadgets