Meet World’s First Solar Powered Laptop that makes Battlestar Galactica Designs look Lame

Overview: A Canada-based inventor has created the world’s first solar-powered Ubuntu laptop that will cost you just $350. ‘Sol’ has a 10-hour battery life that comes from two to three hours of sunshine and can be exclusively used for military and off-road purposes. It had a built-in GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFI and 3G/4G LTE. Canadian company, WeWi Telecommunications is the device manufacturer.

Solar- powered Ubuntu laptop is set to enter the market at $350. While the submersible waterproof model, comes at a price tag of $400. (Image Credit: WeWi Telecommunications, Inc.)

Solar- powered Ubuntu laptop is set to enter the market at $350. While the submersible waterproof model, comes at a price tag of $400. (Image Credit: WeWi Telecommunications, Inc.)

Hello Sunshine!

The Solar-powered Ubuntu laptop – Sol comes with a display of 13-inch, 1366×768 which is quite crisp, however at times it can get a little messy when working under very strong sunlight. The laptop weights 6.35 lbs – Laptop: 4.23 lbs., Solar Pack: 2.12 lbs.

It is decked with an exclusive ruggedized (to survive abuse and forces of nature) look using durable, reinforced materials, complex military industrial design and architecture. Ruggedized military gear is often too expensive, one such example is the Panasonic Toughbook, which is a standard military issue laptop with a price tag of $5000.

The Sol family is as colorful as a flock of Macaw and comes in five different colors. (Image Credit: WeWi Telecommunications, Inc.)

The Sol family is as colorful as a flock of Macaw and comes in five different colors. (Image Credit: WeWi Telecommunications, Inc.)

The laptop comes with a detachable array which makes solar power charging much easier. An 83.5 inches long cable connects the laptop and the arrays making solar energy transmission possible. According to Sol’s creator, David Snir, the detachable arrays needs to be facing direct sunlight n for about two to three hours in order to fully charge. Solar panels can approximately produce around 10 watts per square foot making the laptop consumers around 20-30 watts of power.

Sol is currently being targeted at developing countries like Kenya, Uganda or Ghana where there is plenty of sunshine. This doesn’t mean that if won’t be available to other countries. The laptop will be targeted towards very niche markets of adventurers, researchers and students who live in remote places with unavailability of electricity. Other than that, the laptop will also add divers and undersea researchers to its list of target audience since the company is set to release a Marine version of the laptop. The OS can be replaced in the laptop.

SOL Black-Mamba model, shows ruggedized military look and three solar panels (Image Credit: WeWi Telecommunications, Inc.)

SOL Black-Mamba model, shows ruggedized military look and three solar panels (Image Credit: WeWi Telecommunications, Inc.)

Features (Credit: WeWi Telecommunications, Inc.)

SYSTEM

  • CPU: Intel Atom D2500 1.86 GHz Duo Core, Intel 945GSE + ICH7M
  • HDD: Seagate 2.5” SATA HDD 320GB
  • RAM: Kingston 2-4GB DDRIII SDRAM (Options Available)
  • Graphics: 1080p HD Vide, Built-In Intel GMA3600 Graphics
  • Battery Operating Time: 5 hours
  • Weight: 3kg

I/O

  • Display: 13.3″ LCD, WXGA, 1366 x 768
  • Camera: 3MP
  • Audio: Realtek ALC661 HD Audio, Built-in 2 Speakers | Internal mic + 1/8” input
  • 3 USB2.0, Headphone jack, HDMI, LAN(10/100), Card reader (SD/MS/MMC)

WIRELESS

  • Modem: 3G/4G World/multimode LTE (Options)
  • GPS: gpsOne Gen8A (Optional)
  • WiFi: MIMO 802.11b/gn (2.4/5GHz)
  • Bluetooth: Integrated Digital Core BT4.0

 

Richard Meryn
Richard Meryn, Associate Editor Industry Leaders Magazine (www.industryleadersmagazine.com)

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