Filed under: environmental issues, savvy tools | Tags: Apple, photovoltaic cells, solar mobile devices
According to Forbes & Inhabitat, Apple just filed a patent to add solar cells to their portable devices. Pretty interesting given Apple’s huge impact on the global market and their pretty pitiful environmental record so far. The iPhone and their laptops could be set up with photovoltaic cells stacked underneath the LCD screens. It also refers to etching logos into the PV cells and displaying the performance of the cells next to the battery bar or on the actual cells themselves.
I’m anxiously awaiting the outcome of their efforts. When apple does something, they usually do it right and it could revolutionize both the solar and the mobile device industry. As demand goes up and more products start incorporating it, the price will go down and the cells will get more sophisticated and efficient. This would be a big advantage to Savvy Tools since we’re using solar cells on our own universal charger and we’d rather not charge $200 for it.
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