Worried your smartphone or favorite electronic gadget isn’t lasting long enough throughout the day—or week— to get things done? SunPower, a French PV manufacturer specializing in New Energy Technologies (NETs), may have figured out a way to not just ensure mobile devices stay efficiently powered, but also save consumers the hassle of having to constantly look for a charging device.
The company’s new technology, known simply as “Wysips” (What You See Is Photovalic Surface), is a special screen infused with a layer of crystals that collect energy directly from the sun (as well as from artificial lights) and converts them into electricity. Thanks to the existence of the said properties –along with the utilization of a few special PV-based processes— the company has been able to develop impressive prototypes that are capable of transforming as much as 10 minutes of basic light exposure into 4 minutes of added battery life. The finalized product will no doubt perform with much better efficiency, although with the technology currently still maturing, exactly when this would happen has yet to be determined.
For those who are concerned their gadgets would appear bulky or awkward with the added crystal layer, fear not: the “Wysips” component is almost fully transparent by industry standards (90%), making it virtually invisible to the human eye. The crystal sheet, as assured by SunPower’s representatives, will also apparently have little impact on a mobile device’s overall screen contrast, readability, angle of view, and luminosity. TCL Corporation, a China-based electronics company, and SunPower are currently partnering on creating a prototype “Wysips” smartphone and will likely announce the finished product at some point during 2014.
In the future, SunPower’s technology will unquestionably inspire a lot more major technological breakthroughs. Combining a “Wysips” screen, an energy efficient processor, and improved battery technology, for example, could lead to a potential smartphone or tablet device that may technically never lose any power. Such a product will be ideal not only for outdoor people, but also for those living in the poorer regions of the developing world, where traditional power sources tend to be relatively scarce, if at all available.