Solar Helmet (Dec, 1958)

Solar cells on top of helmet power a tiny transmitter and receiver during daylight. The silicon cells also charge four small storage batteries to operate the set at night. (U. S. Army Photo)

  1. Joey O'Neill says: July 30, 20083:42 am

    “Foxtrot Alpha to base…Foxtrot Alpha to base…I appear to be wearing half a watermelon embedded with cigarette packets and I’m freakin’ bored”

    In ‘Nam, Charlie would’ve been able to track American forces by the trail of solar cells knocked off their helmets by the jungle. No doubt they’d have collected them to assemble solar-powered bamboo lasers or something.


  2. Torgo says: July 30, 20085:41 pm

    This GI is green in more ways than one.

  3. rsterling78 says: July 30, 20088:12 pm

    Ah, solar cells: the power source that will be technologically and economically practical any day now…for the last 60 years.

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