[L’industrie c’est fou] Adidas launches solar-powered headphones

Once the holidays are over, good resolutions come to the fore again. But after five minutes of jogging to the rhythm of our favorite music, motivation can sometimes drop like a breather because of a simple forgetting to recharge… Visibly broken in to the bad faith of Sunday sportsmen, Adidas has found the solution for us avoid unexpected breakdowns without forcing us to iron in the stone age wired: a solar-powered headset.

Designed in partnership with the Zound Industries group and available since August 23, the RPT-02-SOL is the successor to the first Bluetooth headset marketed three years ago by the German multinational. The new version stands out above all thanks to its Powerfoyle photovoltaic cells, a technology developed by the Swedish start-up Exeger and already adopted by its compatriot Urbanista, who also manufactures audio equipment.

recycled plastic

Highly efficient, these cells make it possible to extend the device’s 80 hours of battery life almost indefinitely, because just one hour of outdoor exposure in sunny weather is enough to gain three additional hours of use. Notice to gym enthusiasts: artificial light can also do the trick, to a lesser extent. Placed on the headband, a power indicator even makes it possible to determine the quality of the luminosity in order to know if the recharge will be effective.

In addition to its balanced sound characteristics, these headphones are also water and splash resistant and half made of plastic made from 87% PC-ABS recycled content and post-consumer recycled nylon. One more symbol in the race for ecological transition, which Adidas presents today as its hobbyhorse. But if the sporting goods giant is multiplying unusual initiatives (among the most recent: a biodegradable shoebox made from mushrooms), it is still regularly accused of greenwashing by many environmental associations.

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