Solar Powered Apple MacBook in the works

By Idelle, January 29, 2014

Green Design

I’ve been wondering when companies were going to start creating products, such as computers, cameras and phones, with solar panels to power them. Well, check this out – it looks like Apple is working on it! 

Apple patents solar-powered MacBook with two-sided display and rear touch inputs
By Mikey Campbell / Source:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a laptop with a unique display unit that not only serves as a solar power supply, but also an external screen and secondary means of touch input.

Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,638,549 for an “Electronic device display module” describes a two-sided glass laptop display housing which carries the usual screen on its front face. On the rear, however, the module holds photovoltaic cells for solar charging, a secondary display and sensors for touch input.

As noted in the patent, the two-sided display may be manufactured using a variety of materials, including metal, ceramic, fiber composites and glass. In some embodiments, the rear of the display can be composed of electrochromic glass that allows light to pass through only when desired.

Much like the current MacBook lineup, a logo is disposed on the rear of the housing and can be illuminated via the same LED lighting as the front-facing display. Unlike current models, which feature an Apple logo made from translucent plastic embedded in the display chassis, the patent calls for the logo to be screened out of a patterned ink layer. Read the rest of the article here: