AU Optronics Unveils A Solar Touch Keyboard

Move aside Logitech, there’s another solar keyboard in town.

Earlier this week, Logitech introduced the K750, an $80 wireless, solar-powered keyboard made of recyclable plastic and billed as the world’s first solar keyboard. The K750 may be first but it certainly won’t be the last.

This Wednesday, Taiwan’s AU Optronics released details on its own solar keyboard solution. According to reports, AUO’s version is essentially a solar sheet, measuring 2.1 millimeters thick with touch sensitivity. Aesthetically, it looks like the complete fusion of a solar panel and keyboard. The surface is perfectly smooth and somewhat reflective, like a solar panel, with only the hint of a keyboard’s outline.

Similar to Logitech’s K750, the AUO version promises to charge in natural and artificial light. However, unlike Logitech’s freestanding model, AUO’s 14-inch touch keyboard will be built into computer manufacturers’ laptop sets.

AUO will showcase demo models of its solar contraption next week during FPD International in Chiba, Japan.

(Image Source: AUO/via Digitimes)