gGadget > Kindle® Cover With Light from SolarFocus: CES 2012 Highlights
As CES officially commences in Las Vegas, one eco-friendly Solar Kindle cover with light is already making waves in the tech community. Kindle cover review sites and Kindle covers and cases makers are buzzing about the SolarKindle, a lighted Kindle cover that uses solar panels to keep a Kindle charged for up to three months. SolarFocus, the maker of this groundbreaking Kindle cover, was named the CES Innovations 2012 Eco-Design & Sustainable Technologies Award Honoree.
The SolarKindle, a revolutionary Kindle leather cover with light, comes with a dual-charging reserve battery that connects directly with a Kindle. This battery is connected to the solar panels on the front of every one of the SolarFocus custom Kindle covers. The solar panels react to what SolarFocus describes as a normal sunlight environment, to keep the covers battery charged. A normal sunlight condition could be a well-lit room with several windows, for instance. According to SolarFocus, the reserve battery will allow for a few months of Kindle use before having to plug the eReader into the wall to charge it.
In addition to dramatically increasing how long a Kindle can go between charges, the eco-friendly Kindle leather cover also makes reading in a dark room before bed easier. The SolarKindle comes with an LED reading lamp that can run for 50 hours straight before turning to the Kindle’s main battery for assistance.
The SolarKindle, which will debut at CES January 10-13, is expected to be a trendsetter in 2012. SolarFocus is one of the first companies to bring handheld solar technology to everyday consumers, and other companies are expected to follow suit in the race to create more sustainable, eco-friendly tech products.
The SolarKindle will be released to U.S. consumers on January 15, 2012, just a few days after CES ends. This latest generation Kindle cover will be one of the few products debuted at CES that consumers won’t have to wait several months or years to get their hands on. At just $79.99, the SolarKindle proves that solar technology can be affordable and accessible to a wide array of people. Kindle cover reviews of the SolarKindle are already in the works, so expect to hear more about this Kindle cover as CES continues.
The SolarKindle is expected to claim the spot as the best Kindle cover for the environmentally aware. Only time will tell what other cool Kindle covers and eco-friendly eReader accessories will be released this year. Pending the success of the SolarKindle, the Kindle cases covers and accessories industry is likely to adopt more and more eco-friendly practices.