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Apple Patents Solar Powered MacBooks

posted 30 Jan 2014, 03:27 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 30 Jan 2014, 03:27 ]

 

Next Media Online - Apple has been granted a patent for a dual-sided laptop display that can be powered by solar panels housed within the back of the lid.

According to reports, the new laptop would house an LED, or Retina display in the front of the lid, like any other MacBook, but at the same time would house photovoltaic cells, on the back of the lid. These panels will sit under electrochromic glass, or smart glass, which controls how much light goes through.

Apple is also thinking of having touch sensors located on the back of the laptop display, to perform functions such as locking/unlocking the tablet or media playback without having to flip the device open.

The solar panels will serve not only to power the laptop battery but also to power the touch sensors.

Apple says the new system could also be implemented on tablets, mobile phones, and other handful devices, as well as things like monitors and televisions.

It is unknown when these innovations may come to be, but according to reports this is not the first time Apple has patented solar powered designs for its tablets.

SOURCES: Gizmodo, Techradar, Hot Hardware

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/01/apple-patents-solar-sandwich-charger-layer-for-macbooks/

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/solar-powered-macbooks-could-be-in-our-future-1219674

http://hothardware.com/News/Apple-Patent-Could-Lead-to-Solar-Powered-MacBooks/

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