We all know about the French that they make wonderful perfumes and great cheese, but today I found out about a tech company from France which promises to bring us a Solar Charging Screen for our smartphone.
The company’s name is SunPartner Group and their idea is so out of the box that you’d think it came from the spirit of Steve Jobs. The idea is very simple and ingenious and it uses stuff previously used before on watches, if you ever had a Casio Tough Solar, you already know what this is about.
Well, mobile phone technology is advancing so fast along with the processing power of our Android smartphones, that battery life has become a huge problem in modern devices. Battery makers promise new technologies all the time, which will prolong the autonomy of our smart devices, but as time passes it seems that the only thing changing is the dimension of the battery itself, which becomes bigger and bigger. The actual technology is the same, Li-Ion or Li-Polymer and the battery life for a modern dual core-quad core smartphone rarely passes one day. Sometimes, if you push your device hard , you will drain your battery in just a few hours and that’s not cool.
Enters SunPartner group with the idea of a Solar Charging Screen, which is basically a transparent solar panel applied on your Droid’s touch screen which uses solar energy to recharge your battery. I mean, how simple and how efficient is that? The Solar Charging Screen was already used in watches and it works, why not on smart phones?
The French are already testing the new Solar Charging Screen technology with some of the big manufacturers around and they claimed that the new solar charging displays will arrive very soon, sometime next year or so.
The thin photo voltaic film applied on the regular display has a transparency of almost 90% so everything will be just fine. The battery life expectancy claimed by the French will be up to 20% higher, at least in the beginning, provided you don’t keep your smart phone where the sun don’t shine.
Source : IEEE Spectrum