This little gadget redefines the term “wireless.”
The Window Socket is exactly what it sounds like: a portable outlet that sticks to your window. All of the power comes from the sun.
Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh with Yanko Design (via Inhabitat), the Window Socket draws solar power to an internal battery. A suction plate surrounds the outward-facing solar panel for plenty of stiction, and users can either plug in immediately or save the stored electricity for later.
That’s really all there is to it. The Window Socket can provide electricity in places without outlets. It may even solve the age-old problem of trying to find a place to charge while camping. No, you can’t plug that smartphone into a tree… but you might be able to plug it into your car window.
However, the battery itself is fairly small, although it’s probably enough to fully charge a phone. Also, while it can provide up to 10 continuous hours of power, it also takes 5 to 8 hours to charge.
The developers hope to improve performance before putting the Window Socket on sale. Hopefully it won’t be long before people start plugging int window outlets instead of wall outlets.