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LAST_UPDATESat, 20 Dec 2014 3am

UPM Student Invents Slingbag To Charge Cellphones On The Go

KUALA LUMPUR: A student of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has invented a sling bag with a built-in device for charging cellphones, cameras and iPad using solar energy.

Noor Shah Iwan Ismail, 25, said, the solar bag would benefit those on the go and needed electrical power to charge numerous gadgets quickly.

Noor Shah, a PhD student of UPM's Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies, said the bag could be put out in the sun or slung on a person walking in the open to store solar power in the battery in the bag.

"The invention has a facility to charge electrical gadgets. It will reduce dependence on static electrical sockets to charge gadgets with fast-depleting batteries like the cellphones," he told Bernama, here, today.

Noor Shah Iwan said, the product, which was 80 per cent completed, received cooperation from SI Gobal Resources Sdn Bhd, a supplier of Muslim women's attire clothes and leather bags, which was responsible for the design and marketing of the bags. SI Global Resources managing director Effendy Zulkifly said the product which would be marketed in March, was expected to attract the interest of the young with its flexible design and durability.

"It is not heavy and can be carried anywhere. In fact, it will be sold at a very reasonable price and can be owned by all, especially youths," he said at the official opening of the company's office, here.

Also present were Malay Contractors Association of Malaysia general secretary Datuk Wira Jamaluddin Abdul Rahim and Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) deputy editor-in-chief (Domestic News Services), Datuk Zulkefli Salleh.

- Bernama