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.