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A new solar-powered handbag has been designed with the intention of helping women finding objects including their house keys quickly. Designed by a student, Rosanna Kilfidder, at Brunel University, Middlesex, the Sun Trap handbag uses a soalr cell attached to the outside of the bag to trap energy from sunlight. The energy is stored in an internal battery which lights up the lining. The lining is made from an electroluminescent material similar to that found in mobile phones and is lit up by the bag's zip which acts as a switch. The bag goes dark when the zip is closed or after 15 seconds if it is accidentally left open. A secondary use of the portable battery is as an emergency charger for mobile phones and other wireless devices. (GES/WNWCCB/IG)
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