'ecopad' FUJITSU judge's special award
'ecopad'   FUJITSU judge's special award
may 22, 2011

'ecopad' FUJITSU judge's special award

‘ecopad’ by yonggu do + jun-se kim + eun-ha seo

‘ecopad’ by yonggu do + jun-se kim + eun-ha seo from korea is one of seven entries that received the ‘judge’s special award’ among over 3000 participants from our recent designboom competition ‘a life with future computing‘, organized in collaboration with FUJITSU and DA – design association japan.

designer’s own words: electricity is made automatically simply by using your ‘ecopad’. currently commercialized tablet PCs and smart phones have a very limited battery life – often not more than a day before having to be recharged. on average, people press their touch screens over 10,000 times a day. the ‘ecopad’ does not require special charging from an adaptor. instead, it generates electricity when a user presses the touch screen due to the nano piezoelectricity film that is located below the display.

'ecopad'   FUJITSU judge's special award electricity is generated when the user presses the touchscreen

'ecopad'   FUJITSU judge's special award

'ecopad'   FUJITSU judge's special award jury members (from left to right): ross lovegrove, birgit lohmann of designboom, gwenael nicolas (curiosity), toshiyuki inoko, ma yansong (MAD architects) and nobuo otani, corporate senior vice resident Fujitsu, kimitaka kato, Fujitsu design president (without photo).

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  • A great idea.
    The only thing I don’t understand is that if it’s capturing kinetic energy from the ‘press’ or if it’s converting heat energy to chemical energy. This may need explaining, but apart from that it’s a brilliant design and innovative idea! Don’t mean to be an arrogant loser or anything, sorry 🙂

  • There will be some mad pressing to generate enough electricity to power a tablet.


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