Feeds

Want a touch-friendly solar-powered laptop? Apple just patented it

See-through slaptop hybrid in Cupertino's future, perhaps

High performance access to file storage

Apple has been awarded a patent for an "Electronic device display module" that replaces a traditional laptop casing with a touch-sensitive transparent unit that can be augmented with solar cells.

Glass Apple laptop

Note the space for the logo

Cupertino's doodad on the patent dug up by AppleInsider, looks like a standard laptop when opened up, with an LCD or OLED screen, backlight and keyboard. But instead of a hard shell, Apple wants to build a laminated lid that contains a second, rearward facing screen covered in electrochomatic glass and solar cells.

The glass can be set to become opaque, or the user can clear it with a keystroke and the photovoltaic cells can use ambient light to recharge the laptop. Apple's even made sure its iconic logo can be included in the design.

The patent, filed in 2010 and approved yesterday, also details how LEDs can be embedded in the laminated glass, which would be radio-translucent to allow for decent Wi-Fi connection via an antenna in the rim of the device. The outer cover can also be made touch-sensitive in the same manner as a tablet, and the patent states this could be used as a password system to release a magnetic lock on the laptop.

Before the Apple fanboi community starts salivating too much and mugging old ladies to pay for such a device, the issuing of a patent doesn’t mean we're going to be seeing this any time soon. But Apple's putting a stake in the ground for what would be a seriously stylish bit of kit. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style
Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.