Solar panels embedded on any product are practical but efficient, I don’t think so.  Nonetheless, I really like where iUnika is going with their 8-inch netbook, which they’re in fact calling a UMPC.  Embedded on the lid of the 1.5lb machine is a solar panel that is designed to supplement, not charge the laptop.  Hopefully this will extend its battery life and keep it off the grid all the longer.  Under the hood is some 400Mhz processor – you won’t be playing the latest installment of COD – 128MB RAM, Linux OS, SD card reader, 8-inch LCD, WiFi and 3G connectivity, 3x USB ports and 64GB of storage.  Expect the UMPC from iUnika to go on sale this June or July for about $200.

[via Inhabitat]


Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."