All posts tagged opencharger

Latest Solar Pasiking Shipped

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 4:22pm by russs.net Comments Off
Latest Solar Pasiking Shipped

Hurray!  A year after my friend Jack’s order, we’ve finally shipped him his solar ‘pasiking’ backpack.  I am super grateful for Jack’s patience and trust– to make and finally get Jack his backpack is a triumph in logistics!   To make this bags means connecting with the weavers in a remote jungle village in the already remote Cordilleras region of […]

OpenCharger 6.0 Panels Printed

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 3:21pm by russs.net Comments Off
OpenCharger 6.0 Panels Printed

I am excited. Our version 6.0 OpenCharger panels are hot off the press in Schenzen. I’ve been working on these babies for the last two years. They are compatible with bamboo, old CDs, and don’t require soldering. Plus they allow indefinite power scalability by joining one panel to another into mandalic matrixes. We’ll be using these babies to moblize small […]

Calling for Riders of the New Wave!

Posted on July 25, 2015 at 8:57pm by russs.net Comments Off

Our version 2.0 solar bamboo bike is complete!  While working hard on it the last month our team has mined the essential insights on how to make it better.  We are now ready to make our first production run.  If I can get 10 orders, we can bring the price down to 1000$US– a spectacular price for a super unique, […]

OpenCharger Solar Organic Backpack

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 2:16pm by russs.net Comments Off

Our latest organic solar backpack is ready to ship!  Our amazing duo of high-powered women makers in Mt. Province, Philippines has been working hard to get this Pasiking (that is the Igorot name for their ancestral backpack) done… right. 

To pull together this most unique and unlikely confluence of “high” and “low” tech has required working with mountain-top weavers, solar […]

Spiritual art meets technology: Mandala power!

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 4:51am by russs.net Comments Off
Spiritual art meets technology:  Mandala power!

Its been a relentless process of failure, failure, failure to finally get to this:  a functional solar panel mandala!  Here are the first pics… they could be better, but its -20C outside today and I was keen to just get the test done!

For those who’ve known me a while, you’ll know that I really hit my stride in my art […]

Low Energy Solar Panel Assembly

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 4:28am by Russell Maier Comments Off
Low Energy Solar Panel Assembly

 
Its a really simple innovation, but I am excited about it.  Its easy to overlook the amount of energy that has to go into making something.  Coming up with ways to make things with less energy and without specialized equipement means making is open to way more people.  When people can make their own things, not only do they have […]

Solar Rattan Day-Pack

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 12:10am by russs.net Comments Off
Solar Rattan Day-Pack

Our latest Solar Backpack is shipped!  Just before I sent it off to its lucky new owner, I remembered to snap some photos.  I’ve been reluctant to send this off because well, its so awesome!  I’ve been “field testing” it for the last few weeks.  With a built in solar-powered battery pack connected to a USB cellphone charger (accessible under the […]

My Personal Energy Device

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:32am by russs.net Comments Off
My Personal Energy Device

When you plug into the wall– where does your power come from exactly?  What are the effects of our plugging in?  Massive nuclear, coal, hydro and other typical power sources have pretty massive effects on the environment that we dont see when we casually plug in.

What if we all had a device that generated all the power that we need?  […]

To Ship

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 4:13pm by russs.net Comments Off
To Ship

Its one thing to make a prototype, to run a kickstarter, to even fund your budget– its a whole other matter to actually deliver.  Steve Jobs once said “Great artists ship”.  Well, I ain’t saying I am a great artist, but I am saying he has a point.  I am also saying proidly that I finally have the first coke […]