A New Solar Touch Screen May Resolve Battery Life Issues

A New Solar Touch Screen May Resolve Battery Life Issues

Solar-powered cellphone

Solar-powered cellphone

It’s no secret that cell phones, while indispensable inside modern life, have a trouble with battery longevity. I find that in most cases, my Android mobile phone and apple iphone will exhaust power even while they’ve fallen into sleep routine while unplugged from the wall for about 24 hours. This can be a bit frustrating, particularly if I need the phone to function without energy for a set period of time, like on the road trip when I neglected to pack a car charger and won’t have access to a power source for several days.

Wysips, a small startup company in France would like to find a solution to prolong smartphone battery while dodging the opportunity of making them any more cumbersome. Expanding the dimensions of the battery pack might sure help, but a Touch screen phone should be able to fit without difficulty inside a pocket or compartment without taking up excessive space. Due to this, the idea would not be viable.

Wysips wants to compete with top Western smartphone innovators like HTC by introducing their unique and revolutionary phones to the market. Wysips capitalizes on the life of the battery of their third generation prototype phones, which utilizes a solar cell at the top half of the phone’s display screen to increase battery life. The coolest part of the whole thing would be that the solar cell is practically completely transparent, producing energy while letting the phone’s user stare directly through it.

What’s interesting is that the tech utilized to make the nearly-transparent solar strips resembles the lenticular area screen technology utilized to make the Nintendo 3DS and some of Samsung’s brand new “Naked Eye 3D” panels. Mainly, the top side of the screen is overlaid with very small strips of solar panels that draw in the sun’s energy to give extra electricity to the cell phone.

While the solar cells can’t keep the cellphone completely functional, they are able to greatly extend battery life of the Smartphone itself. That is something that many people have been begging for. The solar power at the top is only relatively noticeable, showing slightly darker as opposed to lower half of the screen. Wysips does not have any fully-functional prototypes to demonstrate at trade events, but they have some basic, case-free presentations of the technology.

The solar panels do not obstruct touchscreen performance at all. The photovoltaic (pv) cell film is in reality a part of the screen and response is generated by simply touching the screen. Wysips states that future models can look even better, as the solar cell panels is going to be nearly totally transparent once the technology is able to be displayed in all its glory.

A hands-on demonstration of the cellular phone has the slightly-annoying screen glitch where black bars suddenly appear across the screen when the phone is tilted at certain angles. Wysips says the bug will be fixed before the release for retail.

Wysips is in talks with a number of mobile service providers and phone producers. However, the company has not provided any information about which cellular phone developer or major cellular phone manufacturer might try to purchase the rights for its patent. Nevertheless, I’m really very excited in anticipation of the innovative product.

The author: Hettie Monaghan is a cell phones expert and writes for the 12voltsolarpanels.net web site. It’s a non profits website she uses to share the latest technology reports about solar chargers for small gadgets and cell phones.


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