Solar charging your phone through its screen to enter retail devices a year from now
They've placed solar cell strips under a lenticular overlay directly over the glass, but below the touch layer, so the phone can continue to register touches, as if nothing happened. The claimed energy conversion rate is 9%, which is on the low side, but probably the best transparent solar cells can do in such circumstances. The drawback is that the lenticular technology used to absorb light and direct our eyes to the display at once, meddles with the screen's brightness and clarity a bit.
Wysips promises that these issues won't be noticeable in the next prototypes, but we are positive something will have to give. The company is in talks with manufacturers and carriers for commercializing the technology in products about a year from now.
Charging your phone while it's just lying on its back somewhere, or in use, but absorbing light through the screen seems like a rather svelte idea to us, although it will only play a supplemental role, most likely to extend your battery mileage, not replace it. For now you can fully top up your charge for six hours in the sunlight, and more indoors, but the version next year should offer 30 minutes of talk time for an hour of your phone just sitting somewhere lit.
Sounds pretty, we will keep an eye on the developments in the solar charging screen phenomenon, as we can see it adding great benefits to devices like tablets, for example, which are all screen, and which you don't carry around in your pockets, thus blocking the light source.
1. JAY (unregistered)
2. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
thats awesome. maybe instead of on the screen though they could impliment it into a layer on the back of the phone. its just as easy to let the phone sit face down (on most touchscreens) as it is to let it sit face up.. that way it wont mess with the screen. But hey, battery improvement solutions are always welcome
3. JW1ngman (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)
i would actually prefer it to be on the back. considering when the phone is to your ear it could literally be charging when youre talking. genius.
4. Ronen Polinovsky (unregistered)
This is AMAZING !!!
5. kelvin (unregistered)
thought such charger already availalble? and there is a samgsung fone which can do solar chargiing?
6. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
The bigger, brighter the screen, the better this idea sounds. Hope it is a standard in a few years.