May 27, 2008 | Tim Bradbury
Apple Inc. has recently filed for a patent that allows the charging of portable devices through solar panels (for lack of a better word) hidden behind an LCD screen. Yes, you read right, Apple is interested in the possibility of charging devices such as the iPhone, iPod, and possibly the MacBook with solar panels!
According to MacRumors (who originally discovered this patent), The most interesting technique described by Apple, however, is the integration of the solar panels behind the actual LCD screen of a portable device. The solar panel would absorb ambient light that passes through the LCD screen of the device. This could eliminate any additional footprint typically required by the solar panels. If successfully implemented, Apple’s iPhone, iPod and laptops, could require no outward changes in design to add solar power.”
While this patent does not necessarily mean that Apple will in fact develop this technology, it shows us that not only are they looking at ways to make their products more innovative, but also that they are one of the frontrunners in the “technology race” so to speak.
Solar charging portable devices in it of itself was a major leap in both science and technology, but now with the possibility to charge these devices without adding much bulk or needing any separate accessories by placing the solar panels behind an LCD screen was simply unheard of…until now.
Just imagine, not needing to bring a power cable for your iPhone, MacBook, or iPod, and just sitting outside under the sun allowing it to charge, only one word can describe the possibilities held within this technology: revolutionary.