Solar-powered netbook spied in Spain
Free power on the Costa Del Sol
Spanish firm Iunika has unveiled a solar-powered netbook.
Iunika's GYY: uses solar power to top up its battery
Branded the GYY, this 8in mini laptop has solar panels built into the outside of its lid. These will help supplement the battery and, apparently, help extend it beyond its basic four-hour untethered runtime.
The netbook’s body is constructed from bioplastics, which Iunika claimed makes the GYY’s casing completely biodegradable.
Weighing in at 700g, the GYY operates on a version of Linux and features a 400MHz processor. The screen resolution is a mere 800 x 480. You’ll also find 128MB of memory under its shell and a 64GB solid-state drive.
Wi-Fi and an Ethernet will provide web access. It has three USB ports.
Iunika’s yet to provide a launch date for the GYY, but it has confirmed that the netbook will cost roughly €130 (£116/$176). ®
just another maplin minibook + a solar pannel
Looks like it's another reblanded Trendtac 700 EPC, Elonex One T, Linux Netbook, Maplin Minibook, Silverstar, Yinlips Micro PC, Sub Notebook, 3k Razorbook, Bestlink Alpha 400, HiVision Mininote, JAY-tech Jee-PC 400S, Letux 400 Linux Minibook, CnMBook, CnM Minibook, Novatech Minibook.
So a mips processor, tiny amount of ram and a really shit OS.
Ideal if they can keep it that price
I'll buy one, even accepting that the solar function in the UK might be less than wonderfully effective (but dont remove that feature, it's handy for travelling). I've already asked my nearest Spanish speaker to translate the webpage so I can contact the makers nearer to launch.
Price and specifications are exactly what an SCC should be.
I live in Greece, and my EEE 4g Surf is great and all, but I wish I could use something other than the mains, solar power would be great for me on the move and typing at a cafe, hopefully for longer than 3 hours with wifi and sound off, with brightness turned down.
Ugly looks aside, and fairly poor spec, for that price it's better than you would expect, as anything solar powered is expensive.
Can anyone tell me why we don't have a portable solar panel which you can then plug your computer into?
I'm not talking about those cool little FreeLoader ones which charge phones, mp3 players etc. Netbooks etc obviously won't charge off USB, but will need to use the socket like with the mains, so why isn't a solar panel marketed like this? Problems converting the energy?