Rob Jensen Design

Rob Jensen Design

If you’re into industrial design, and specifically car design, you need to check out Rob Jensen’s website at http://robjensendesign.com/. Rob is a car designer at Ford, and was lead-designer for the 2010 GT500 Mustang. On the more visual side, he shares a page full of car sketches and renderings that should inspire anyone who enjoys putting ink down on paper.

If you’re on Twitter, you can also follow Rob at @robjensendesign.

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Toyota Adding Solar Panels to Prius Hybrid

Reuters is reporting that Toyota is going to add solar panels, produced by Kyocera Corp, to the roof of their Prius Hybrid cars. The panels will be on the top of the line models, and will work toward powering the air conditioner. While it’s not powering the whole car, I do imagine that it could contribute quite a bit of power to the system as a whole. It’s the first time, that I know of, that solar panels have been commercially integrated into a production vehicle by the manufacturer. I’d love to see them add the ability to switch the power over to charging outlets for cell phones and other devices when the A/C isn’t in use, or to have it contribute to the main power cells.

Read the whole story here at nytimes.com

I’ve been on the look out for some reasonably priced solar panels that I could use to charge a device. I’d like to try taking a device like my phone or laptop completely off the grid, only charging it with solar power. If you know of any good solar units for something like that, I’d appreciate any help there.

Via: Don (aka: Beebowallace) through Google Reader Shared Items