29 Dec '13, 7am

Panasonic launches shade design contest for 100,000 solar lantern project #solar

Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan) has updated its project to deliver 100,000 solar-powered lanterns to homes and schools in areas that lack access to electricity by 2018, with shades based on designs contributed by participants. The company estimates that roughly 1.32 billion people lack access to electricity globally. Not only does this create challenges for health, education and the economy, but the use of kerosene in these homes for lighting creates fire and health risks. The “Cut Out the Darkness” project website includes an application which enables users to design a cutout and see a virtual shade image on-screen while working on the design. The 100 best shade designs will be chosen by a visitor poll, and will be fabricated by laser cutters into lantern shades true to their original designs. Panasonic notes that this project allows people around the world to participate ...

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