Solar Power Charges iPod

Holland-based Soldius b.v. plans to sell its solar-powered charger for iPods, PDAs and cellular phones to the U.S. market.
Today the Soldius1 works with the iPod mini, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and more than 250 mobile phone models from Nokia to Samsung to Sony-Ericsson to Siemens to Motorola, including the new ROKR. The company is in the process of developing a similar solar-charging product for laptops and portable game devices. The move is to satisfy the U.S. market's insatiable craving for portable digital devices. Forrester Research said that in 2004, MP3 player adoption more than doubled to 10.8% of US households; 8 million households added laptops to their computer lineup; 15 million US households added digital cameras; and camera phones exploded from 2.5% to 12.8% of households.

Individuals who are registered to at least one cellular network in the United States is estimated to reach 194.3 million, or 67.2 of the population in 2005, up from 17.8 million, or 61% of the population in 2004, according to Yankee Group

When Apple Computer Inc. stated financial earnings in October, it reported shipping 451,000 iPods during the fourth quarter ended Sept. 24, 2005, up 220 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. And on Monday Apple said iTunes Music Store customers have purchased and downloaded more than one million videos since the Video iPod debuted on Oct. 12.

Soldius is in talks with electronics manufacturer services company Flextronics International Ltd. to assemble Soldius1.

Soldius1 is sold exclusively at and ranges in price between $89.99 and $109.99.

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