Photovoltaic keyboard

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A photovoltaic keyboard is a wireless computer keyboard that charges its batteries from a light source such as the sun or interior lighting, addressing a major drawback of wireless computer peripherals that otherwise require regular replacement of discharged batteries.

Logitech K750[edit]

The Logitech K750 has a set of photovoltaic cells on the top edge, charges in sunlight or under a standard bulb, can work up to three months in total darkness, and includes software to display battery charging status. It is compatible with Windows or Macintosh operating systems.[1][2][3]

Even though the keyboard is not officially supported in Linux, a third party application named Solaar provides functionality akin to the original Logitech software, such as battery and connection status indications, and allows device pairing/unpairing.[4][5]

Logitech K760[edit]

Another Logitech keyboard, the K760, is also PV powered. It is smaller and communicates with the computer via Bluetooth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biggs, Jogn (2011). "Logitech K750 Is The World's First Solar Keyboard". techcrunch.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Fingas, Roger (2011). "Review - Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 Review". macnn.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Clancy, Heather (2011). "Green Gadget of the Week: Logitech solar keyboard for Mac". zdnet.com. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://pwr.github.io/Solaar/
  5. ^ http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/12/logitech-unifying-receiver-linux-solaar

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