Posted on 16 August 2012.
Announced on August 13, 2012, Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. is launching a solar-powered charging case for the popular Samsung Galaxy S III smart phone. Following the successful launch of the EnerPlex for the iPhone 4S Ascent Solar now will have a solar charger for two of the most popular cell phones on the market.
Although the Samsung EnerPlex case will not debut in the United States until later this year, it is expected to launch in time for the holiday shopping season this year. It will first debut in South Korea this October.
“The EnerPlex charger is the only protective case for the Samsung Galaxy S III which leverages the lightweight qualities and superior aesthetics of our CIGS solar technology. It will extend the usage time of the Galaxy S III while preserving the high level of design quality that consumers demand. Samsung customers can now incorporate transformational solar technology into their everyday life, improving the performance of their smartphone without compromising style,” Ascent Solar President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Victor Lee said.
The solar cells have been incorporated into the Galaxy S III cell phone case with a very thin battery to harness the solar energy. As the phone is already known for being extremely light Solar Technologies says the charger will add little additional weight and the battery life will be increased significantly.
More about Ascent Solar Technologies
Innovative leaders in the solar energy sector with photovoltaic products, Ascent Solar Technologies is the manufacturing pioneer of flexible thin-film solar panels. Lightweight and extremely durable Ascent Solar is bringing solar power into our everyday life.
Leading-edge CIGS photovoltaic technology on flexible, plastic substrate.
Posted in Clean Energy, Energy, Energy Conservation, Gifts, News, Products, Technology
Posted on 25 May 2012.
Vintage looks and modern technology combine beautifully in the Rotary Mechanical cell phone prototype. Created by 21-year-old design student Richard Clarkson, the prototype is a modular concept of what a Steampunk mobile phone might look like.
“There must be a balance between the physical and the digital,” Clarkson says. “Hopefully this will make people think about where that balance should be.”
Instead of replacing your cell phone it’s meant to grow and adapt to new technology. Each piece is replaceable. This helps make the Rotary Mechanical cell phone more sustainable in its design.
Another interesting aspect of this prototype is the interchangeable dials, including brass dials, a button dial, and a true rotary dial.
Departures magazine even listed it as one of their Next-Gen Travel Gadgets:
Produced on a 3-D resin printer, the Rotary Mechanical cell phone’s plastic core was electroplated with copper, then painted. The electronics, including the screen on the back, were culled from a Samsung Envy phone.
Rotary Mechanical Cell Phone
Posted in Greener Gadgets, Technology
Posted on 05 September 2009.
Designed by Seungkyun Woo and Junyi Heo, the Leaf is the latest fashion accessory and is more than just good looks. A wearable bracelet phone that charges through its solar cells, unless it's raining or cloudy when you use the traditional cradle and an outlet. The Leaf phone is simple and very basic with only calls and messaging functions only. The objective behind this design was to ‘remind people that they can contribute to energy efficiency.'
Sources: Yanko Design and Inhabitat
Posted in Greener Gadgets, Products, Technology
Posted on 29 August 2008.
I was just browsing through one of my links below, Earth Share,and they reminded me that you can recycle your used cell phones. I remember reading that a while back, but completely forgot about it.
You see, I always keep my last model phone in my closet because you never know when your current one will be lost, stolen, or just stop working. And let me tell you, it came in handy for my husband, Branndon, when he thought his phone was stolen. Luckily it was just misplaced, but at least he had a phone for the few weeks his was hiding.
But I love the idea of being able to recycle them when I have no more use for them. Especially with Branndon planning on getting an iPhone in the few months.
So when I was browsing through their website I saw that Earth Share teamed up with CollectiveGood. Basically send your used phones, pagers, PDAs and accessories to Collective Good, you can click here, then they will send a donation to Earth Share. Isn't that simple.
CollectiveGood partners with charities and companies to maximize cell phone recycling by making donations everytime a phone is recycled. They also try to limit the environmental impact with the recycling as well as disposal of non-functional cell phones in accordance with locan and national environmental standards, and provides affordable modern communications to citizens in the developing world.
Hooray to Earth Share and CollectiveGood!
Posted in Technology