I’ve spotted something interesting from the 2008 G8 Summit in Toyako Japan. Sharp has developed a 26 inch low power consumption liquid crystal display TV and new cost effective solar cell modules that is says is perfect for third world nation.
Albeit a bit small and not as feature rich as regular bigger and brighter LCDs what could be a solar powered LCD today could turn out to be a revolution that could affect all home electronics and appliances especially in a time when alternative energy sources are a big topic everywhere.
I have always planned in the future to make some use of solar energy in my future home that I hope to be able to build and geekify from the ground up but never dived too deeply into understanding how everything works just yet. Technology like this is perfect for somewhere like Jamaica, not because we are “third world” but because of the 365 days in the year I could count on one hand the days each year we go without seeing the sun. See why I am excited? Hopefully by the time I am ready these systems will be dirt cheap and easily available.
Sharp Corporation Press Release
Solar-powered Sharp LCD TV
Sharp Corporation on Wikipedia