Wysips to enable solar-powered screens for phones

French startup Wysips has an awesome idea to bring solar energy to mobile phones. Instead of putting a large and ugly solar panel on the back of the device, they want to integrate it into a phone display in such a way that user wouldn’t even know there’s a solar panel on their phone.

The trick is in using a superthin, flexible and transparent film that is applied onto the mobile phone’s screen and which doesn’t interfere with the phone’s functionality, even allowing for touch-based controls.

A battery would still be required to provide the backup power and store the energy created by the film, but because the energy would be created constantly (not only from the Sun but also from other light sources), it [battery] could be smaller, enabling thinner mobile phone and tablet designs.

Sounds awesome and we’re not surprised such a technology earned Wysips 1st Place in CTIA’s 2011 Emerging Technology – Green Telecom and SMART Energy competition.

At the moment, Wysips is pitching OEMs and mobile display companies, with plans to integrate its technology into devices within a year. Love it!

[Via: Unwired View]

  • Awesome, Just awesome. Big ups guys

  • Fuse this into a Super Amoled Display.. haha.

  • Nunuvurbusiness

    Your article was OK, right up to the point where you said the battery could be made smaller. That is where you drifted into “fail” territory. We DON’T need to be encouraging those idiots who design cellphones to make the batteries ANY smaller. The damn things are TOO small as it is. Don’t get me wrong–“thin and light” is important—but ONLY AFTER every other damn thing in the design list. In other words it is the LEAST important thing. If YOU like a “thin and light brick” then good luck with that–if you get enough of them you can build your self a house and get yourself a landline. That is the ONLY purpose a thin and light brick has on this earth.

    A smartphone should last a minimum of two days without charging while under heavy use. Until they achieve this, and they are no where close to it now, lets dispense with talk of “thin and light” and the nonsense of making batteries smaller. My Samsung Moment , even with all aps killed by a topnotch ap manager, lasts only about 45 to 60 minutes at most on the web, from fullcharge to empty. And it has been this way from day one. A battery that was ten times larger MIGHT be sufficient for it, but there are no upgrade batteries to be had.

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