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Logitech releases wireless keyboard powered by the Sun

The K750 stores energy through two solar panels. Energy is then stored in a battery that can power the keyboard for up to four months without any sunlight. Calling the K750 solar powered is a bit of a misnomer since the keyboard can charge itself from indoor lighting, unlike most solar-powered devices.

“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 its footprint.”

And not only does the K750 provide battery free power for life, it also brings one of the sleekest and thinnest keyboards designs to market of any manufacturer. The keyboard is 0.28 inches thick and uses ‘chiclet’ keys with a unique contour made to be comfortable when hands are resting.

In addition, the K750 uses 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, keeping you connected with virtually no delays or dropouts. Logitech Advanced 2.4 wireless also includes 128-bit AES encryption with the keyboard.

The peripheral has been designed for a Windows keyboard layout, but Mac users need not worry, it will also work with Apple computers. The keyboard will start shipping in the North American market in November for $80 and should be more widely available in other regions in December.

So is a mouse up next? Not for Logitech for a variety of technological reasons. It’s smaller surface area makes solar technology more challenging and with a hand presumably using the mouse, it would obscure the light needed to power such a device.