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Apple plugs iPod into the sun
Apple apparently has applied for a patent that would allow its megapopular iPods to run on solar power.
The patent drawings suggest the entire surface of the iPod would be covered in solar paneling, save the display screen and click wheel, Geeksmack.net and GreenBeat report.
And before you point out how annoying it would be to have to pull out your iPod for some sunbathing, it doesn’t need direct rays — the technology enables it to function even when covered by your hand. (The jury is still out on if it works when it’s buried in the inside pocket of your windbreaker or backpack, but whatever.)
Nothing worse than when your iPod runs out of juice right in the middle of your favorite song or exercise routine so this could be a nice backup power source to keep it (and you?) running.
What do you think? Would you buy it?
(Image shows patent application diagram of entire surface of the iPod, except for the screen and click wheel, covered in solar panelling, from Geeksmack.net)