Thursday, May 29, 2008

Solar-Powered iPod

Apple recently applied for a US Patent, which detailed an iPod with a solar panel mounted behind the screens (display and touch). A solar panel! Seriously!!

It's obvious that a panel of that size would not be able to provide full power, but it would certainly supplement the battries whenever it was out in the sunlight.

The panel would catch any light passing through the LCD screen and thus avoid any extensive redesign of the device to accommodate a solar panel. The real question is, are we looking at a prototype staging device? Is this merely the first step in a complete roll out for Apple. If successful it would not be difficult for Apple to introduce the same technology in it's iPhones and laptops.

I have to say, I think that is fantastic.

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