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  • French Company Developing Solar Film to Power Future iPhone


    All portable devices suffer from the same problem, they all run out of juice too soon. This is especially true with Apple's iPhone. But what if you could keep your iPhone running a little longer by simply laying it out in the sun or under a light? Wysips, a French-based company has developed a new type of solar panel that is completely transparent and only 100 microns thick.

    Wysips is hoping to work with Gorilla Glass to integrate to their new solar film technology into future glass panels for smartphones including the iPhone. Wysips recently showed off a rough mockup to display the technology. A voltage meter at the top of the device indicates that the unit is receiving power from a nearby light source. To fully charge a cell phone, Wysips estimates that it would take about six hours of direct sunlight. Most of the time, however, the solar film would simply continue to charge the device a little bit at a time, improving overall battery life considerably.



    Wysips demonstrated what the film would look like when placed over an iPhone, but it made the screen look very dark. Because the solar film is designed to be integrated onto an LCD screen directly, the final product would not be noticeable to the naked eye.

    If all goes well, Wysips hopes to have their solar film integrated into consumer electronic devices within the next year. The iPhone 5 may be too far into production to integrate this technology at this point in time, but that's not to say it might not be included in the iPhone 6. Apple has shown interest in integrating solar technology into future devices as a patent discovered last June shows and iPhone with invisible solar cells. Hopefully, Apple and other companies will be able to integrate this new solar technology into wide array of future devices. In the future, plugging in an iPhone may be something you only do during the winter months.





    Source: LaptopMag
    This article was originally published in forum thread: French Company Developing Solar Film to Power Future iPhone started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by hxclos View Post
      Wow! Gorilla glass?! That's awesome! Goodbye cracked screens!
      I thought iPhone 4 already had shattered gorilla glass lol



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    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      All portable devices suffer from the same problem, they all run out of juice too soon. This is especially true with Apple's iPhone.
      Don't mean to rag, but last time I checked, the iPhone was pretty much on top of the battery life of smart phones.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Hmm...I think they are missing the market on this one....integrate it into electric/hybrid cars - it could be integrated into every part, the windows, the metal, etc.

      Granted it wouldn't completely charge the car, but if you do not park your car in a garage during the day, then it is out in the sun all day long charging.

      As for the phone, my phone is usually sitting on my desk when I am at work, so the lights in the office would provide some charge.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Does artificial light charge solar panels? I would have said no but maybe someone else is more knowledgable on this topic
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hxclos View Post
      Wow! Gorilla glass?! That's awesome! Goodbye cracked screens!
      Lol sarcasm??

      i4 has Gorilla Glass front and back though.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      This might mean thinner iphones and prob better bat life.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      You don't have to use sunlight, it says light source, solar powered calculators don't need the sun to work, and I don't think this method is for charging ur phone completely but just to keep ur phone alive while your out and about and can put it on the charger when u get home. Great idea hope they can implement this into the next iPhone sooner is better than later
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I bet if Apple does decide to use it that it won't effect the price, they'll do it for the environment
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      When my iPhone battery gets low, I just plug it into my arc reactor.

      Kidding aside, this tech might not be the most useful on an iPhone, but the iPad would most certainly benefit. Not only because of obvious advantages in physical screen real estate (that also means a much larger solar panel), but think of the difference in usage. Your cell phone is either in your pocket or against your face. Sure it'll pick up ambient light while your texting or browsing the net, but it's not really given a fair amount of time just laying around to benefit much.
      The iPad, however, is exposed to ambient light over long periods while you type, browse, email, etc. It's not made to be a shortcut device like the iPhone, but more of a thorough task accomplishment device. So by it's very nature, the ipad would have ro most opportunity to benefit.
      And if that's possible, this solar film belongs under lcd's and track pads on MBA and MBP's.
      I know it's not really practical to imagine devices working solely on the solar panel, but heck, if they can incorporate this into products without a large difference in price, they have my vote. I mean, every little bit helps, right?
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      I like it, I hope they roll that out soon !!
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Very awesome, I sure hope this sees the light of day!
    1. Tfost's Avatar
      Tfost -
      Here in Arizona if I let my iPhone sit outside for more than 20 minutes it overheats.
    1. AkkeDaBest's Avatar
      AkkeDaBest -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Does artificial light charge solar panels? I would have said no but maybe someone else is more knowledgable on this topic
      You know those pocket calculators which do work w/o a battery? The ones with the lil' black strip above the screen?

      Yes, artificial light does charge

      Oh, and think about this - You have your screen brightness on full, that charges the phone lol
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      That's really cool, I'll only use it if it doesn't not effect screen clarity at all.
      There is no way to make solar panel totally transparant, it will affect screen clairty. Article even said that it will make the screen look dark, if it makes screen look dark there is something there. And before anyone asks, you can make the screen brighter hoping to overcome the shading but that uses more power which is more than what the solar power can generate (most likely).
    1. ebentley's Avatar
      ebentley -
      Not only sunlight but almost any light source will provide charging.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      thats kinda cool
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      $1 ? im sold
    1. chubbypickle's Avatar
      chubbypickle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
      Umm yea.... your iPhone 4 and iPad 2 utilize Corning Gorilla Glass... this isn't news. Oh, btw, they still crack. In fact, according to squaretrade.com, they "found the iPhone 4 had 82% more broken screens than the iPhone 3gs reported in the first 4 months."
      I guess sarcasm is hard to detect for some people.

      :facecrotch:
    1. DeathOfLife's Avatar
      DeathOfLife -
      Ok Quick Question It Gonna Have A On & Off Switch Right Cause If I Remember A 24/7 Charge Only Kills The Battery Lifespan
    1. cncrim's Avatar
      cncrim -
      I like to see how it will affect the phone, manufacture alway suggest not put the any small device with battery direct under the sun ...... I don't think it will be good as a charger.