Direct sunlight and Amazon’s Kindle have always gone hand in hand — you simply can’t read E-Ink without a strong light source. So, it would make sense to pair that lighting requirement with a solar panel, pack it into a convenient case, toss in a reading lamp and give readers the gift of effortlessly extended battery life — which is exactly what SolarFocus intends to do. Scheduled to be shown off at this week’s CES, the company’s SolarKindle adds three months of unplugged use, in addition to five hours for its included LED lamp. And unlike most innovations that take their sweet time getting to market, this cover’s slated for a January 15th bow, priced at $80. Take that paperbacks.
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