About this project
The Sunny Bells & Whistles of the LilyPad
We call our product the LilyPad. The LilyPad uses new solar ink technology to convert outdoor and indoor light into usable energy to continually charge tablets such as the Apple iPad. And it does a lot more than that...
The LilyPad offers HDMI Output for the iPad with 7.1 digital audio built in. Do a PowerPoint off a projector and play movies on your big screen. All conveniently built into the case.
Right at your fingertips are three small stainless steel pegs built into the back to prop the iPad into different positions. There's a convenient and sturdy angle for a keyboard position making it easier to type and a movie stand making it easier to watch movies, read recipes and more. The LilyPad can even be charging from the light in the room while you're watching the movie.
This solar powered case is charging your battery whenever light is shimmering around you. But what about in the dark? For that there's a mighty backup battery built into the case to charge day or night. We really wanted to tap into this resource so we discretely added a USB Power-Out to charge everything else in your pocket. This is to prevent the headache of having a dead cell phone. Charge your phone, camera, headset or just about anything else simultaneously while the iPad is charging.
Side thought: Why do they call them wireless phones anyway when we're stuck plugged into a wall every day with a wire in our phone? Not only can the LilyPad make a mobile phone actually mobile but it can help against the wasted energy that those wires draw from being plugged into the wall all day. Okay coal, your move!!!
There are a lot of variables and we can provide more detail for those who know what a LUX is but we felt this was a fair number. Some people will go a solid 24 hours of use assuming they have no sleep and no time to replenish the LilyPad with light - we're all a bunch of Angry Bird chucking, smurfberry buying, Zombie Farm zombie crack head all nighters anyway - others non-crazy people may go as much as a month of use. For the average user we came up with 12.5 days with normal indoor / outdoor light before having to charge the LilyPad the old school way. A plug is included with the case (yuck) to charge it from the wall. We're working on making cables a thing of the past all together but right now two weeks for the average person without a cord was pretty cool.
Apple makes amazing products not only because of their creativity but also because of how meticulous they are. We took the idea and prototypes to Apple and they liked it enough to certify it. This was a challenge to say the least (and I mean to say the very least, that took many months) but it is a better product now since we went that extra mile. It works flawlessly with the iPad and Apple had some tough guidelines to meet which made us improve the LilyPad even more along the way. It worked great, now it works even better.
Much like Apple we're very green conscious. In addition to free renewable energy this protective iPad case is a cover you can be proud of as the LilyPad is made from 80% recycled materials and finished with a smooth rubberized coating for a soft feel.
We're also doing extra activities on the side as well to reduce and even reverse our impact on the environment. Basically, we want our carbon footprint to be walking backwards from manufacturing.
Solar iPad 2 case, with even more features.
The thin and soft cover folds around completely for comfortable e-Reading all while automatically turning on and off the iPad's sleep function and sending the energy from light to the battery in the back of the case to charge your iPad!
For the iPad2 pick a color, any color. Black, Green, Grey, or Pink.
LilyPad Travel Bag
Here's a Travel Bag specifically tailored for the LilyPad. Plenty of storage pockets inside and you can even charge your iPad simultaneously with your cell phone all simply while walking around generating electricity from the light around you.
Lets sum it up, the LilyPad is a case with:
Those app looking buttons above are the features that the LilyPad is all about. We'll make many different kinds of travel bags to choose from as well so you can slide the LilyPad in, walk around, and charge on the go. If you're wondering what the "Quick Finder" is that's what I like to call the Whistle Locator. If you can't find where you left your iPad just simply whistle and the LilyPad will beep back to let you know where it is.
That's the packaging. The light bulb on the front is a cutout in the box. This way the LilyPad can be charging in the store while it's hanging on the wall.
Thank you Kickstarter - You rock!!!
This has been a fun and challenging journey to get to this point. You're giving that snowball the final push before rolling down the hill. We can't do this without you and we greatly appreciate your pledges. Seriously, every penny really helps.
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