Smartphones are awesome, but with a few notable exceptions, it seems their awesomeness is inversely correlated with their battery life. The more powerful a phone is, the faster it dies. Want a beautiful 1080p screen stretched across just five inches of slate? Most of the battery will go towards pushing those pixels. But there's a technology out there that could theoretically free us from the tedious cycle of constant recharging. Chinese electrics company TCL Communication, who owns Alcatel, is working with French company SunPartner to integrate Wysips Crystal technology into smartphone screens. This ultra-thin transparent film draws power from both natural and artificial light. Read More
If there's one thing we're all fond of here at AP, it's power on-the-go. Portable chargers, extended batteries -- whatever it takes to keep our gear charged up. There's one issue with all of these options, though: they also have to be charged. Granted, once a portable charger is all juiced up it usually lasts for a while, but wouldn't it be nice to have something that practically juices itself? Enter PowerSkin's upcoming line of solar chargers.
Planned for a February release, PowerSkin will be dropping two new chargers that incorporate solar charging technology, the SolarCharge and KeyCharge. Both names are pretty self-explanatory, but here's the long and short of it:
- The SolarCharge packs an additional 1000mAh of juice for your phone (doubt that would do much good on a tablet) and should work with Android, BlackBerry, and even iOS devices.