Snippy: E-Paper Reader That Never Needs Charging

Designer Holly Gates has developed a simple, yet ingenious e-paper reader that balances power draw and power generation so well that it doesn’t even have a charging socket. Think of it as a high-tech version of the ubiquitous solar-powered calculator that just works whenever it’s needed.

The beauty of Snippy is the merging of two remarkable technologies to solve a common problem – the constant need to charge our gadgets. The pairing of highly efficient solar cells and low-power e-paper technology makes this a reality and may someday work to power not just readers, but other gadgets like cell phones and personal media players.

Snippy’s solar panel charges the li-polymer cells when the device is in use, as e-paper does not draw power unless the content on the screen is changed. It features a micro SD card slot, Bluetooth 2.0 and is only 8mm thin with a weight of 221g.

I won’t get into all the hypothetical green stats about all the trees and water and gas emissions it’ll save, but I will pose a question. Thinking caps, everyone. Would it be possible to apply this technology to Amazon’s Kindle or Sony’s Reader? I don’t see why not. A small sheet of photovoltaic film shouldn’t cost very much and would be offset somewhat by not having to include a charger. It would set a benchmark that other companies would need to match and also heighten consumer demand for other self-powered gadgets.

See image below for an exploded view of Snippy.

Core77 via EcoFriend

Comments (3 Responses):

after destroying a small library of books in the woods , on hikes and while camping, I would love to purchase this perfect tool !

Please make them available soon

Pretty wonderful information. I just discovered your site and needed to say that I have genuinely really liked checking your current content. In fact I’ll be signing up to your feed.

When can I buy one?
Would be nice if you could slip any ereader into your solar book charger

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