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BARCELONA -- A transparent film that costs just one euro ($1.30) to make could bring an end to the anguish of mobile phone users facing the dreaded dead-battery message.

Wysips, a startup based in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, has developed a photovoltaic film which can be built seamlessly into a mobile phone screen and deliver the joy of life to a flat battery.
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How's that for some great ___ news?

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I wonder what effect on image quality this has. They're probably better off licensing this material to automobile windshield or window pane manufacturers....
 

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I wonder what effect on image quality this has. They're probably better off licensing this material to automobile windshield or window pane manufacturers....
That is what I was thinking...

If a piece small enough to fit on a phone screen can create enough potential to charge a 3-4 volt phone battery at my guess of about .5 to1 amp...a wind shield large piece should be able to trickle charge a 12 volt car battery and probably add tint to the window.

Plus I think this might be cheaper per square cm than current solar panels...maybe get it built into house siding and windows. There is already electricity generating windows on some office buildings but I don't think it is this cheap.
 

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or they can put it on the back of the phone so you can set your phone face down "to charge"
 

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That was what I was thinking, though it'll suck if you use a case for your phone. But case makers would probably make transparent areas to cope with this.
 

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PV films are not all that new. (my dad's company installs them in commercial and industrial high rises on their windows) How efficient is it? The more efficient ones are typically quite opaque.
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I wonder what effect on image quality this has. They're probably better off licensing this material to automobile windshield or window pane manufacturers....
This tech already exists as far as windows are concerned.
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Battery news is... nothing news in my opinion. Memristors we're all the rage for a while, then improved battery life, now some lab figured out that graphite tape can hold a charge for 5 minutes when only charged for 2, etc etc etc.

The bottom line is, something, or a combination of somethings is already out there. We know that, but when will they be mass produced and installed in our equipment? That's the real question.
 
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