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Sphelar is the world’s first solar battery that can receive light from all directions. Until now solar panels were generally flat.

Using many small beads, a panel that efficiently catches sunlight from many different directions has been developed. Using this solar battery the “Sphelar Stick” solar LED is a practical device that will reliably light a dark night road.

Expert’s comment: It is rare to find a flashlight that can store this much solar power in such a package. Everyone should experience the reliability of solar power. This technology is being considered for building materials and even everyday products. The possibilities are limitless. (Shigeki Hattori, designer, creative director, representative of graf, and president of Decorative Mode No. 3 Design Products Inc.)

Price: ¥10,800

Manufacturer: Sphelar Power Corp. in Kyoto (www.sphelarpower.com)

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