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Solar powered mobile phones. Is this the end of the charger?

H. Monaghan is a touch screen phones expert and writes iPhone solar charger reviews for the weblog – a non profit blog about the latest technology stories about solar rechargers for small devices and mobiles.

It is no secret that mobile phones, while indispensable inside modern life, have a trouble with battery longevity. I’ve found that in most cases, my Android mobile phone and new iPhone 4 will use up all my power at the same time they’ve fallen into sleep function while unplugged from the wall for approximately 24 hours.

This can be a bit frustrating, particularly if I need the phone to operate without energy for a set period of time, for example on the road trip when I forgot to pack a car 12v charger and won’t have access to a power source for several days.

Wysips, small startup company in France desires to find a solution to extend Smartphone battery while dodging the possibility of making them any more cumbersome.

Expanding the size of the battery pack would probably sure help, but a touch screen phone should be able to fit without difficulty in a pocket or inner compartment without taking up a lot of space. Because of this, the idea would not be viable.

Wysips wants to compete with top European Smartphone innovators like HTC by entering their unique and revolutionary phones in to the market. Wysips capitalizes on the battery of their third generation model phones, which runs on the solar cell at the top half of the mobile phone’s display to increase battery life.

The coolest part of the whole thing is that the solar cell is nearly completely transparent, making energy while letting the cellular phone’s user stare directly through it.

What’s interesting is that the tech used to make the nearly-transparent solar strips resembles screen technology employed to make the Nintendo 3DS and several of Samsung’s brand-new “Naked Eye 3D” panels.

Essentially, the top side of the screen is overlaid with very small strips of solar panels that draw in the sun’s energy to give extra energy to the cell phone.

While the solar cells can’t keep the phone completely functional, they can greatly extend the battery life of the Smartphone  – something that everyone has been begging for. Although Wysips does not yet have any fully-functional prototypes demoing at trade events, but they have shown some standard, case-free presentations of the technology.

The great thing is the solar panels don’t obstruct touch screen performance at all. The solar cell film is truly a part of the screen, so pushing a finger on the screen generates a perfect response.

Wysips claims the next models will be even better, and the  solar cell panels will be nearly totally transparent when the technology is ready to be displayed in all its glory.

Wysips is in talks with a variety of mobile providers and phone producers, however the company has notgiven any clues as to which company might purchase the rights to the patent. Nevertheless, the technique has truly taken off, and it’s got tech fans and the general public alike very enthusiastic.

The firm anticipates that they will be creating other few prototypes before things really get up along in sales. There aren’t any official estimates on when the cellular phone will be retail-ready, but I’m really very excited to listen to more details.

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  • sutt2m

    This is a great idea I’m even in the process of making my own solar charger for my ZTE-Blade and can defiantly say it’s needed due global warming and people trying to reduce their carbon footprint.
    I believe there is also a new technology in solar cells infra-red cells that even charge a night ! Now if this could also be incorporated well who needs battery’s…