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Featured Article: Power Packed
Power Packed by M. Buckley In the mid-1990s, APL researchers Joe Suter, Binh Le and Ark Lew had a clever idea for a small, thin, flexible device that can convert light to electricity.

They also had foresight and—fortunately—a bit of patience.

More than a decade later, their patented invention is close to reaching consumers. In late 2009, APL licensed the technology to Florida-based Genesis Electronics, which weaved APL’s ideas into a sleek solar recharger called SunBlazer. When attached to a cell phone or related electronic device, SunBlazer’s 2- by 4-inch solar panel will continually draw energy from the Sun—or any sufficient light source—and keep the device charged.

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