International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Interface Device with Integrated Solar Cell(S) for Power Collection
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,384,690) developed by Brent A. Anderson, Jericho, Vt., Mark D. Jaffe, Shelburne, Vt., and Jed H. Rankin, South Burlington, Vt., for an "interface device with integrated solar cell(S) for power collection."
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are embodiments of an interface device (e.g., a display, touchpad, touchscreen display, etc.) with integrated power collection functions. In one embodiment, a solar cell or solar cell array can be located within a substrate at a first surface and an array of interface elements can also be located within the substrate at the first surface such that portions of the solar cell(s) laterally surround the individual interface elements or groups thereof. In another embodiment, a solar cell or solar cell array can be located within the substrate at a first surface and an array of interface elements can be located within the substrate at a second surface opposite the first surface (i.e., opposite the solar cell or solar cell array). In yet another embodiment, an array of diodes, which can function as either solar cells or sensing elements, can be within a substrate at a first surface and can be wired to allow for selective operation in either a power collection mode or sensing mode."
The patent application was filed on May 14, 2010 (12/779,994). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,384,690.PN.&OS=PN/8,384,690&RS=PN/8,384,690
Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.
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