Published on January 23rd, 2010 | by Jerry James Stone1
Apple Files Patent for Solar-Powered iPods
January 23rd, 2010 by Jerry James Stone
Just on the heels of Apple’s Smart Home Energy Management System, Apple has gone and filed for a patent to reinvent their ubiquitous iPod line using solar cell technology.
Transparent, or semi-transparent, solar panels would partially cover the device. If one or more of the solar cells are obstructed from light, other panels on the device will kick in to ensure a constant source of power. The device also have a standard battery in times of complete darkness.
The patent expands to the iPod Shuffle, any internet-capable devices, personal organizers and computing systems. I guess that means the Apple tablet too.
Source: Patently Apple
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