Earlier this week, telecom company Orange unveiled their future tent concept. The "Glastonbury Solar Concept Tent" will utilize cutting edge eco-energy technology to make sure that your essential camping gadgets never run out of power. How? The Concept Tent’s solar shell uses photovoltaic fabric technology on it's three directional glides which can be moved throughout the day to maximize its solar efficiency and capturing the optimum amount of energy.
There will be a central wireless control hub which displays energy generated and consumed as well as providing a wireless Internet signal; all information is displayed on a flexible, touchscreen LCD display screen. Also there will be an internal heating element embedded within the tent’s groundsheet, which is triggered automatically once the interior temperature falls below a set level. It will also be controlled by the central control hub.
The Concept Tent would be fitted with innovative "glo-cation" technology to help campers find their tents. Glo-cation works by enabling campers’ mobile phones to identify their tent using either an SMS message or automatic active RFID technology (a longer range version of that used in London Underground Oyster cards); both would trigger a distinctive glow in the tent helping identify it from a distance.
The Concept Tent has been designed in association with American product design consultancy Kaleidoscope and builds on learnings from the original Orange Solar Tent that was tested at Glastonbury in 2003, as well as 2004’s Orange Text Me Home Dome.