Posted 06 May 2011, By Jayanti Anubhav, Design Buzz, designbuzz.com
Since the time of the invention of this techo-revolutionary product which ended up as a part of our daily lives, laptops have come a long away from being complicated machines to the beautiful accessory to make a statement. We are spoilt with choices with this sleek gadget now. So, when the whole world is into green revolution, to do the bit for saving the mother Earth, how could Laptops be left behind. The result to go green with the laptops is the Lifebook Leaf concept by American designers Laura Karnath and Carl Burdick. The concept was shortlisted from over 1000 designs in recent Designboom competition “a life with future computing” organized in collaboration with FUJITSU.
The designer duo who use the recent technologies in eco friendly manner are all set to change the face of laptops forever with the solar charging panels with amorphous solar cells located on the back of the device. To charge efficiently all you have to do is open it flat upside down, or if you are outdoors it will naturally keep charging. The OLED touchscreen has rubberized interiors to prevent scratching on the screen so no need to worry about that. The polycarbonate exterior shell, sealed completely and featuring a waterproof zipper when shut, provides protection from water damage, a leading cause of laptop failure. That’s not enough, there is a small OLED panel on the back to show alerts and messages while charging.
The Lifebook Leaf has 4G module for communication with three cameras on the top of the laptop for 3D photography and also depth sensing to control the Leaf through gestures.
In designer duo’s own words:
With our collective environmental crisis beginning to spiral out of control, designers can no longer design products which rely on energy and resources as if those things were limitless. the ‘Lifebook leaf’ is an attempt to deal with these realities by utilizing recent advances in solar cells, flexible OLED displays, and advanced durable materials to create a highly efficient, solar powered laptop which is totally divorced from the infrastructures of the past.
The designers are also hoping that with the advancement in solar technology they will be able to use an efficient CPU for the generation of excess power allowing the Leaf to charge other devices via USB.