Carbon Solar Watch Wants You To Stop Wasting Those Rays
Short battery life is one of the biggest complaints for wearable technology. But the truth of the matter is that running out of juice too early in the day is a problem with all tech including smartphones.
What’s ironic is that we are walking around with an endless supply of solar energy which could be used to keep all of our electronics going for a lot longer than the typical 4-6 hour day.
This is where a new wearable called Carbon comes in. Carbon looks like a wristwatch but without any numbers or arms. That’s because the display is a high tech monocrystalline solar cell meant to harvest solar energy and use this to power mobile devices on the go.
After two years in research and development, Energy Bionics, the company behind Carbon, is getting ready for their Kickstarter campaign which is expected to go live in January/February of this year.
Energy Bionics told us that Carbon is expected to sell for around $110 USD and will ship as early as Summer of 2014. The team is optimizing the energy harvesting circuitry and completing/testing the programming.
Carbon will sport a stainless steel case and offer black, blue, green and red accents. The device is expected be dust and waterproof, making it ok to hike or walk in the rain but you wont’ be able to go swimming with it.
Carbon will come with a wide variety of mini cables for charging that support anything from an iPhone to an Android device. They are considering creating a key ring adaptor or connector so you can charge your phone on the go.
The first version of Carbon will concentrate solely on energy harvesting, energy storage and charging. But Energy Bionics told us that they are looking to include additional functionality in future models such as an OLED time/energy display depending on customer feedback.
UPDATE: We asked Energy Bionics to give us some information around charging times for Carbon.
According to the company, Carbon’s current 650 mAh Li Ion battery should be fully charged in 6-8 hours using both indoor and outdoor light. It will then have the capacity to charge your smartphone by no more than 50% (obviously taking in account different battery types for different devices).
Also interesting to note that Carbon is designed with an output of 1 Amp, 5 Volts and 5 Watts which will allow a wide range of USB devices to be charged or powered including Google Glass.