E-Book readers are steadily gaining ground due to their versatility, portability and not to undermine the fact that they are all green. They attempt at undermining the environmental effects of the publishing industry. If they are all green, then LG’s solar powered reader can be considered greener. LG goes a tad further with its built-in solar cell. Now that is as environment friendly as you can get.
Designed by LG Display, this e-book reader has a solar panel placed on the inside of the front cover. At 10cm wide and a thickness of just 0.7mm, its dimensions are almost akin to that of a credit card. This combined with a weight like that of a fountain-pen; it indeed is the winning point yet almost unnoticeable. The wafer-fin photovoltaic cell provides a steady stream of solar energy. It is this omnipresent energy source which makes LG a winning design. Low battery is not something that will disrupt the flow of your novel, with this one at least. Just 4 to 5 hours in the sun will provide enough energy for a full day’s reading.
Trying to read a computer screen outside is a rather difficult task and is hard on the eyes. LG’s 6 inch TFT-LCD screen has included a passively-lit e-paper display option, which makes reading highly comfortable.
E-book readers are little devices which are making a big impact on the way people read books. They are small enough to fit in your pocket, yet large enough to carry your entire bookcase with you. A definite advantage with e-readers is that with these devices, e-books can be released online instead of incurring the energy, material, and cost that it otherwise would take to manufacture, print, and ship them across great distances. And LG has gone a few notches ahead by making their device truly green and energy efficient. Ki Yong Kim, head of the Solar Cell Office at LG Display says, “The idea of e-book combined with solar cell will offer users the added benefit of longer usage. We will continue to provide users with enhanced convenience and value to solidify our lead in next-generation, environmentally friendly products.”
What we have to wait for now is the working prototype of the LG solar e-book which will be on display at the International Meeting on Information Display (IMID) in Seoul.