Batteries that capture energy from the sun is not a new technology, we have had calculators that do that. But a new, ambitious and competitive field is slowly evolving – a field that offers solar powered iPad cases. The frontrunner of this field seems to be KudoCase – Wireless NRG’s solar-powered iPad cases. Made of corn-based plastic that are hard but biodegradable, these “green” iPad cases have solar panels on the front cover that produce energy from both indoor and outdoor light sources. The case’s built-in battery is charged by the solar panels and this charges your iPad for up to 10 days. Not only is this a greener option, it also helps minimize the time you have to keep the iPad plugged into the wall for charging.
By using the renewable energy technology KudoCase is converting any light source into a constant supply of free energy that you can carry with you.
Another company that recently released a solar-powered case is Logitech. This new case, which is called the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio, is both sturdy and sleek andcan protect your iPad from damage. But what is unique is thatit contains a built-in Bluetooth keyboard. The Bluetooth keyboard is charged using onboard solar cells that can generate power on both indoor and outdoor sunlight. According to DailyTech, a leading online tech magazine, this method of charging will keep the keyboard powered for two years.
Alta Devices,an ambitious solar start up is all set to bring out some innovative solar powered devices this year. According to an article by MIT Tech Review, Alta Devices is planning to launch a fast-charging solar iPad cover by the end of next year. Alta Device is a small solar startup backed by venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. The same article states that the new solar covers will be using cells that are more efficient than the conventional solar cells.
Chris Norris, CEO of Alta Devices stated that the new iPad cover could produce up to 10 watts of power in full sun.
Beyond consumer devices, other companies are tapping into the unique possibilities of solar power. Experiments in using solar energy in military applications, aviation and space technology are underway. A recent press release from Alta Device states that it has enabled small-unmanned aircrafts to fly on solar power. A future powered by renewable energy is not too far away.