The mobile solar powered device remains one big dream that births tens of clunky devices every year where it’s hard to ever imagine the end user experience. You can now add the SOL from WeWi Telecommunications to the list, a rugged laptop with a fold out attached solar panel that the company says will provide ten hours of battery power on just two hours charge.
So yes, that’s fairly impressive. So who’s buying this? Well maybe you get one for a village in a developing country. At $350 a pop, that might be possible. You’re also potentially aiming at the superrugged traveler traversing the earth who wants to be connected in the Amazon.
And about that connectivity. WeWi says that the SOL will come with wifi connectivity, 3G/LTE capability, GPS/Bluetooth, and even an add on satellite communications module. Hell, they’re even gonna make a SOL Marine that’s waterproof. Talk about a laptop Indiana Jones would like.
Like all of these devices, I’m skeptical that it will find a market. Though certainly the price points, charge times, battery storage and connectivity are making these devices look increasingly attractive. On paper, at least.