It had to happen sooner or later, and it's happening today: a solar powered keyboard is now reaching commercial status. Logitech
has been known for their innovations in the peripheral market, with the nearly microscopic Unifying USB receiver being the latest. But the company's newest keyboard is likely to be the one that people remember most from 2010.
The Wireless Solar
Keyboard K750 is the company's first keyboard designed to be powered entirely by ambient light. That means that you can just use ambient, extra light in your office to power it; you don't need to be under direct sunlight. This is definitely a major step forward for keyboards, and it will be difficult to see too many companies ignoring this going forward.
Thanks to the removal of battery slots, Logitech has slimmed this unit all the way down to 1/3 of an inch, and the solar panel on top of it is rather unobtrusive. The company even claims that it can operate in total darkness for up to 3 months if it's fully charged, and the included solar power app (available for download at logitech.com/k750/solarapp) features a lux meter to help you get the necessary light, makes it easy to get at-a-glance information about battery levels, and even alerts you when you need more power.
The unit has Logitech's own Incurve ergonomic keys, as well as a 2.4GHz wireless transceiver and that Unifying nano USB dongle. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in November 2010 for a suggested retail price of $79.99, and we can't wait for the solar mouse
to hopefully join it soon. Surely Logitech's working on such a device now that the keyboard
is out, wouldn't you think?
You've Got Light, You've Got Power: Logitech Introduces Solar-Powered
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 Powered By Light - Even Indoors
FREMONT, Calif. - Nov. 1, 2010 - Today, Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ:
LOGI) introduced the Logitech® Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 - the
company's first light-powered keyboard. The Logitech Wireless Solar
Keyboard powers itself whenever there's light, even indoors, making
battery hassles a thing of the past.
"The keyboard is still the best input device for typing emails and IMs,
updating your Facebook™ page or posting responses to your favorite blogs
- and the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the next big
innovation in keyboard technology," said Denis Pavillard, vice president
of product marketing for Logitech's keyboards and desktops. "The
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard is powered by light but can work in
total darkness for up to three months. Plus, with its PVC-free
construction and fully recyclable packaging, it's designed to minimize
Powered by Light - Even Indoors
To give you hassle-free convenience, the Logitech Wireless Solar
Keyboard powers itself through its integrated solar panel - no power
bricks or charging cables needed.
The included solar power app (available for download at
logitech.com/k750/solarapp) features a lux meter to help you get the
necessary light, makes it easy to get at-a-glance information about
battery levels, and even alerts you when you need more power.
Logitech's first solar keyboard can be powered by indoor light and stays
charged for at least three months in total darkness. Plus an integrated
power-indicator light eliminates surprises.
Only 1/3-Inch Thick
But Logitech did much more than bring solar power to the keyboard.
At only 1/3-inch thick, the sleek Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard looks
good. With its rounded edges and thin profile, this stylish,
streamlined keyboard is a joy to hold and behold.
The low-profile keyboard features Logitech Incurve keys™. Using a
concave design, Incurve keys support the shape of your fingertips, while
helping guide your fingers to the right keys. In addition, the soft,
rounded edges make it easy for your fingers to glide from key to key.
Powerful, Reliable Wireless Connection with Logitech Unifying Technology
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 offers Logitech Advanced 2.4
GHz wireless connectivity, keeping you connected with virtually no
delays or dropouts, so you get all the benefits of a cord, with the
convenience of wireless. Logitech Advanced 2.4 wireless also includes
128-bit AES encryption with the keyboard - one of the highest levels of
Plus, the tiny Logitech® Unifying receiver is small enough to stay in
your laptop, so there's no need to unplug it when you move around. And
you can easily add up to six Logitech Unifying and Unifying-ready mice
and keyboards - without the hassle of multiple USB receivers.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is expected to be available in
the U.S. and Europe in November 2010 for a suggested retail price of
$79.99 (U.S.). To learn more about the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard
K750 please visit www.logitech.com or our blog for more information.