A friend brought this to my attention the other day.
Now at first glance I thought it was a pretty cool concept. It’s a solar powered tent, although I note it’s not yet in production.
Anyway, my first thought was “Ace, I can charge my iPhone.” And then I realised that actually, I tend to turn it off when we go camping, and really quite enjoy the peace. There have been times we’ve been camping this year that I’ve NEEDED to turn my phone off and get away from it all. So why would I want a tent that can charge it up? (Strictly speaking I can do that in the car anyway.)
But to take it at face value, the tent charges up in daylight and then glows subtly at night. But is there an off switch?! There will need to be, I’m no good at sleeping even when it’s pitch black, so I will definitely not be sleeping in a bloomin’ glow in the dark tent. And you won’t like me when I’m tired.
So on reflection, I think this tent is cheating and I don’t like the possibility that it will keep me up all night. After all, isn’t camping about getting away from technology? About getting back to the basics of good clean non-electronic fun – counting bugs, building sandcastles, flying kites? I’m all for progress, but I think this is a step too far.