Solar Powered Tent

solar powered tent

The Concept Tent (also known as the kaleidoscope or solar powered tents) was thought up because of festivals and the fact that partygoers always need to keep in touch with mates while they’re camping and roaming around the festival site. The resulting concept makes for a seriously cool tent with some awesome camping gadgets, which could help inspire a carefree nomadic lifestyle in full-on glam camping style!

solar powered tent

Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication designed it in partnership to celebrate Glastonbury Festival. For us the best bit about it is the revolutionary new way it collects direct sunlight, and what this design might mean for luxe glamping and eco camping in the future… particularly if you want to have a nomadic lifestyle. So if you’re wondering, “when’s this solar tent for sale?” well we’ve got news for you there too.

Solar Energy Collection

The idea is that specially coated solar threads are woven into conventional fabric so designers wouldn’t have to use fixed solar panels to harness the energy. It would also have three directional glides that can be moved throughout the day to maximise solar efficiency and energy collection. A pretty cool tent huh?

Control Centre

But the most amazing bit about this concept solar powered tent is its central wireless control hub which lets you see the amount of energy being generated and used, as well as sending out a wireless internet signal for anyone who needs to surf the internet. This is displayed on a gadget geeks dream… a touchscreen LCD display screen, an awesome camping gadget!

The control hub also has a wireless charging pouch which powers mobile phones and other portable devices without the need for messy wires and multiple chargers. The ‘magnetic induction’ technology passes an electric current through a coil embedded in the charging pouch and this in turn generates a magnetic field which creates a charge and powers the battery. For non-tecky people like us out there… this means it’s one extremely clever solar tent!

Central Heating

Also controlled by the central hub is the most amazing bonus for the ultimate posh camping experience… an internal heating system. This takes the form of a heating element that’s embedded within the tent’s groundsheet giving under floor heating that can be triggered automatically once the temperature falls below a set level.


Finally, to avoid festival-goers ever losing their tent (uh huh…we know all about that!), the Concept Tent is designed to have “glo-cation” technology. This works by enabling the lost camper to find their cool tent by sending out a text message that triggers a distinctive glow in the tent helping them see it from a distance.

But before you throw out your old tents, solar panels and thermal underwear you’d better note that this Concept Tent is just that… a concept. It was designed to celebrate Orange’s 11th year at Glastonbury Festival and – lets face it – a bit of a PR stunt. However we’d like to be optimistic and think it’s a glimpse of earth friendly cool camping for 2012 and beyond.

If you have any good ideas or know something about eco-friendly camping equipment of the future then we’d really like to hear from you, and don’t forget to enter your email in the free updates box so you don’t miss out on future articles on this from us.

solar tent


Happy Glamping!

Sarah – Founder of Inspired Camping

Picture & video credit: Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication

Roderick Harden

Please gmail me when this comes out


I’m with Sarah, this design is flawed, great idea but not new by any stretch. I designed systems such as like 5 yrs ago and the Military already have them. This design as you will see, shades the very panels that needs the sun. And for those attempting to talk panels, you would use aSi or a similar thin film panel. Either way, you’d charge a laptop or 3 after a days exposure but not a whole lot more and you’d be carting around a heavy battery and inverter. Oh and cost wise, forgetting the tent, $2-$4k would be a starting point.


    Thanks for your useful comments Stewart.


Just found out about this tent from my venturer leader over facebook. It has got to be one of the best concepts ever. Can you pleases email me when this product is close to being on the market (yes I know it’s just a concept, but for if/when it gets off the drawing board)

Nicholas Mathew

I would very much like to find an e-mail about this when it comes onto the market, I would love to purchase it promptly (yes, I understand that it IS an concept (for the moment, hee hee hee) and that it has not made it’s way off the drawing board… yet). Please redouble efforts to make it a reality, because I have a dozen friends on facebook buzzing about it. As soon as it hits the market, you will only have one problem…… keeping them on the shelves!


Where can I buy this ????

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