Alcatel show off prototype phone with Wysips technology for solar charging and internet via light waves!


TCL/Alcatel have teamed with Sunpartner Technolgies to show off a prototype smartphone at MWC using Wysips technology which can charge the phone and receive data over LIFI.

The phone on display at MWC is a mid-range Alcatel One Touch device which has been fitted with an ultra-thin Wysips transparent component. The layer goes between the tactile base of the phone and display transforming the area in to a solar panel. With this technology a phone can be charged by light and can even receive data over a new wireless technology named LIFI!

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LIFI is a light based wireless connection which allows a Wysips supported phone to receive data, messages and even browse the internet via lightwaves passed through the phones display. One benefit of LIFI is that the system only uses power produced by light rather than relying on battery power, it is also provides faster data transfer than WIFI and can also be used in areas where electromagnetic waves are not normally permitted such as in hospitals and on planes.

Sunpartner are also targeting existing phone users and plan to launch a range of smart covers with the same Wysips technology built in, bringing the same benefits to regular non-Wysips devices.

Alcatel/TCL are the first company to show support to the new tech, it remains to be seen which other brands will adopt this exciting new technology.

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  1. koorek
    February 24, 2014

    Sound like science-fiction

  2. Maxwell
    February 24, 2014

    Awesome news

  3. February 24, 2014

    Super …. bring it on TCL/Alcatel

  4. antidumb
    February 24, 2014

    is it able to charge with all light, not only sun? if that true wow! we are already in future

    • February 24, 2014

      Yep, any light indoor or outdoor apparenlty 🙂

      • GregOrevo
        February 24, 2014

        Yeah Sunpartner Technologies is awesome 🙂 They also make a lot more of solar products for buildings windows etc, they are still young but working fast apparently 🙂 They also have “secret” agreements with other major phone companies to work on the same tech 🙂

  5. Martin_CZ
    February 24, 2014

    Finally the similar principle as the Citizen Eco Watch! Thumbs up!