For those of us who have a figurative yet painfully tangible umbilical cord attached to our laptops, hunting for outlets is a task we begrudgingly carry out on a daily basis. It’s like an unspoken game of musical chairs at every Starbucks – who can migrate to the newly vacant wall seat before the next Norah Jones chorus?
Well the day is finally dawning when we can leave the children’s games behind. Samsung recently introduced its first-ever solar-powered notebook into the U.S. market this month. The NC215 netbook is said to have a battery life of up to 14.5 hours, and with every two hours in the sun, the computer gains an extra hour of power.
The solar innovation has already been released in Asia and Russia as an upgraded version of the Samsung NC110 netbook. It can still be charged with a standard plug-in adaptor but provides an alternative power source via the solar panel integrated on the computer’s lid.
This is far from Samsung’s first venture into eco-friendly innovation. The company has long been using the “Planet First” approach when developing their products. Under the green initiative on the company’s website, Samsung states:
“The environmental impact of new technology shouldn’t be an afterthought. At Samsung, we believe our products should respect the planet from the moment they’re conceived to when they’re in use, and beyond.”
The company has won a number of eco-innovation and conservation accolades from around the globe including the Energy Star Award for Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Imagine the energy we’d save if all our computers were powered by the sun, not to mention the added benefit of no longer having to untangle wires and remember to unplug our idle power cords. Here at Roozt, we believe that’s a dream worth pursuing.
The Samsung NC215 is currently sold at around $400 on Amazon and various other online retailers.