How Cool! A 100% Solar-Powered Laptop
Laptops have many advantages over desktop computers. Provided there’s a wireless network available, you can shuffle out of your office and flop down on a deck chair with your laptop to continue reading your favorite blog in the sunshine and fresh air. Until your battery dies and you realize there’s no power outlet, that is. Talk about a buzz kill!
But Discovery News reports that the days of recharging our laptops may be numbered. At Fujitsu’s 2011 Design Competition, an industrial designer named Andrea Ponti introduced plans for a mobile computer that’s 100% solar-powered.
According to Designboom.com, the sleek “Luce” laptop has one solar panel “located on the top, and a second one is just under the transparent touch-keyboard.” The design calls for a clear polycarbonate case, bringing the total weight of the computer to approximately four pounds.
The proposed model will continuously charge its battery throughout the day without any cables or AC adapters. It is unclear how long the battery will power the laptop after dark.
No word yet on when the Luce laptop will begin production. In the meantime, consumers looking for a greener laptop can buy solar-powered chargers for their current computer.
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