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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. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      i have a solar charge that is smaller than my phone that can charge my phone in about an hour. a friend gave it to me. i have always believed that if this little thing can charge so many electrical devices so quickly that someone somewhere is lying to us about solar potential.
      ALL phones and small electronics should be built with this capability.
    1. nolin830's Avatar
      nolin830 -
      What is the brand of the solar charger that you friend give you ?
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      I don't know. He's a "professional" outdoor person and I think it was a tester from a company. It's unmarked and discreet looking so I pretend it's a product of a secret solar hardware experiment. In reality it's probably very cheap and you can probably buy them online. I've never looked. But it's pretty awesome. The fact that I can hold something smaller than my wallet and use the sun to power things is a very invigorating feeling intellectually.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      This is really cool. Definitely want this on my iPhone. iPad would be cool too but no pricing so who knows how much that cost
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      If it works, I'm all for it.
      Sorry gotta go charge my battery....
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I wonder how much it will cost.
      About $800.00 without a contract!
    1. Rainee's Avatar
      Rainee -
      Cool, solar power from solar panels is way to go! This is one cool way to maximize the use of the renewable sources of energy and green way to consume energy.

      Solar Panels Australia
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      Quote Originally Posted by krugle View Post
      How many hours could you leave your iPhone under the sunlight? I'm afraid that you don't have enough sunshine time to charge your iPhone
      It didn't take long. And you would always have the option of plugging it in. It's not like the ONLY way to charge your phone would be to wait for good sunlight.
    1. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      This is a great idea
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      I found mine and I was going to post a picture of it but modmyi keeps saying error and to contact the admin if the message persists.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      You found your solar cell chargable iphone?
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unklbyl View Post
      You found your solar cell chargable iphone?