Japan-based Kyocera is getting ready to show off a new trick applied to an old phone.
The company is known for making rugged smartphones, such as the Brigadier and the DuraForce, but now it is planning to showcase a new technology that could be used to take its rugged devices to the next level. Kyocera has developed a prototype phone with solar-charging capabilities. It's actually an old Kyocera phone that's been recycled.
Kyocera has announced it will demo the prototype (called Torque SKT01) at MWC 2015, revealing how the handset can charge itself from both natural and artificial light. It seems that the company has incorporated Wysips Crystal technology by Sunpartner into the prototype.
The actual Wysips component is an thin layer that can be placed over or below any device's touchscreen panel. The ultimate hope, of course, is that Kyocera will one day be able to add the solar-powered technology to its entire lineup of rugged phones.
Check out Wysips' promotional video above for more information.