October 18, 2013
YOUR NEXT PHONE WILL BE A VOLT:
Next Year, Your Smartphone Might Actually Charge Itself Using Solar Power (Tuan C. Nguyen, 10/18/13, Smithsonian)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2013 12:16 PMWouldn't it be great if smartphones could just simply recharge themselves?Well, perhaps as soon as next year, they will. That's the tentative time frame that French startup SunPartner Technologies hopes to finally bring to the consumer market its Wysips Crystal technology, which overlays "invisible" solar cells onto the smartphone display. The company claims that Wysips, which stands for "What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface," can capture energy from any light source, natural and artificial, indoor and outdoor, and convert it at a rate of 15 to 20 percent efficiency. This translates to an additional 1o minutes of talk time for every hour the cells are exposed to light. And the kicker is that the company assures everyone that human eyes won't even notice the thin layer of solar cells that's embedded into the touchscreen.
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