A sun-worshiping keyboard

Powered through solar panel

With so much talk about solar energy these days, you'd think we'd have all manner of sun-powered gadgetry in our midst. But we don't. So we're pleased to see that someone has taken the enviro-speak from theory to reality with an everyday product.

The SlimStar 820 from Taiwan-based Genius is a keyboard that absorbs its energy through an unobtrusive solar panel, Newlaunches says. But in case you're not much into outdoor computing (or live in sun-challenged cities like London or San Francisco), the keyboard can also be powered by a standard USB charger.

Genius, by the way, has been known to come up with some interesting products, often under the combo-mania category (camera/speakers, phone/mouse, etc.). This one, thankfully, seems to be a bit more focused.

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