You're not likely to find the Solar Egg on any Denny's menu, nor would you want to put one in your mouth anyway. Feel free to toss it out into low sunlight, however, where developers XPAL and Intivation claim the Solar Egg's internal 500mAh battery can reach over 90 percent charge in just 4 hours of exposure in "average charging conditions."
"Solar power is a huge unrealized energy source particularly in the Western world which tends to have fewer hours of sunlight than developing markets," says Christian Scheder, President, XPAL. "As personal devices demand more energy and solar charging technology improves, we are making solar power available to more consumers and changing the way people power their portable devices."
The two companies are touting the Solar Egg as the world's first high performance solar charger. They say it's built to power a range of devices, from phones to MP3 players.
This one will start shipping next month in "select regions," followed by a global rollout later this year. No word yet on price.
Rumors regarding Windows Mobile 7 have been rampant as Mobile World Congress approaches. Now some reputable sources have let it slip that Winows Mobile 7 is a lock to be announced at the conference. According to the Wall Street Journal, the user interface will be a dead ringer for the Zune HD portable media player. We certainly wouldn’t argue with that.
From Bloomberg we’re hearing that the new software will have heavy integration with Microsoft’s Xbox Live service and console. This certainly makes sense considering the massive success the platform has enjoyed. Expect more integration with the Zune ecosystem as well, maybe even an iPhone/iTunes style system. Noted journalist Mary-Jo Foley is also saying that she expects Microsoft to drop the Windows Mobile name altogether and go with “Windows Phone 7”.
As for all that Project Pink speculation, the WSJ says don’t bet on it. While they are claiming that it won’t be part of the announcement, the Sharp manufactured “Pink” phone could be out sometime this spring. What does Windows Mobile (or Phone) 7 need to be to get your attention? Is it just too late for Microsoft in the mobile space?
The launch of Windows Mobile 7 may get delayed even further, according to Taiwanese website Digitimes. Its sources have revealed that Microsoft may push the launch to 2011. Another delay will leave the Windows Mobile platform with very little chance of drawing level with other platforms, leaving its rivals ample time to stretch their technological lead even further.
The report claims that Microsoft will further prolong its longer-than-expected countdown to Windows Mobile 7 by unveiling another minor update in the form of Windows Mobile 6.6 (codenamed Maldives) at the Mobile World Congress in February. The minor update will support capacitive touchscreens and help Microsoft bide its time. If the report is correct, then MWC 2010 may not even feature a fleeting glimpse of Windows Mobile 7.