NOMINEES

Leaf
Body category

About

A wearable phone charged by solar cells.

Detailed Description:
Inspired by photosynthesis, the Leaf is an ecological mobile phone. It is worn like a bracelet and uses solar energy to maintain its power. A cradle charges the phone when it is inside and not in use, and cradle’s battery can itself be charged wirelessly to absorb solar energy. It is made from recycled material and has a simple structure to aid disposal.

Known drawbacks of design:
You won’t be able to play games, download music, check your email, or read the New York Times online, but you can make phone calls and send and receive messages. The main issue is if it will be enough for the new smart-phone era.

Website:
http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/12/wearable-solar-powered-leaf-phone-charges-on-the-go/

Designed in:
2009

Challenge(s):
energy, environment

Form/Impact/Context

Form
The phone is in the colors of white and green. The flexible device incorporates solar cells into the front and is capable of rolling up into the form of a wristwatch so that users can wear it and keep it charged while they’re on the move. The Leaf consists of layers of flexible material that can bend to wrap around your wrist, allowing it to soak up solar energy as you go about your day. Each end of the wristband is secured with magnets, and a simple cell phone with basic functions is incorporated into the design. The solar cells are built into the phone itself and can charge as you wear it. Alternatively, there is a solar powered dock, which you can plug the phone into for a recharge. And if the sun ain’t shining, there is a traditional wall charger you can plug in.

Impact
The environment friendly device helps spread awareness about energy efficiency in the everyday behavior.

Context
The designer’s main objective with the phone is to remind people that they can contribute to energy efficiency. With the need to find new energy sources becoming increasingly important, this is a campaign which should be advanced further and encourage more consumers to take part in it. Mainly reminding people that they are contributing to energy efficiency too.

Business

Is the design protected by patent or ip registration?
not known

How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
Not known

Is there a plan for future investments?
Not known

Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
Not known

Credits

Designed by:
Junyi Heo

Title/Role:
Co-developer

Professional status of designer:
Not stated

Nationality:
Republic of Korea

City/Country of residence:
Jeanju, South Korea

Name of company:
Chonbuk National University

Designed by:
Seungkyun Woo

Title/Role:
Co-developer

Professional status of designer:
Not stated

Nationality:
Republic of Korea

City/Country of residence:
Jeanju, South Korea

Name of company:
Chonbuk National University