Solar Powered Monitor Concept A Sunflower

A new concept from industrial designer Marko Vuckovic called the Sunflower Monitor uses trackable solar power to operate and collect energy. We first caught news of the potential product from the Yanko Design blog, which says that while the basic idea behind a solar powered monitor isn’t new, some of the features are novel.

Although the main function is a monitor, the concept can also sync with a computer’s hard drive and mobile devices, and even act like a netbook with its own operating system to view photos, go online, and listen to music.

image via Marko Vuckovic

The monitor pivots on a multi-directional arm, and automatically moves itself through-out the course of the day to gather more solar energy. While the innovation is certainly something to applaud, one has to wonder how much power a device like this would need to consume, compared to regular computers, in order to operate.

How much power computers use has become a hot topic, especially with Greenpeace putting pressure on Facebook to get energy for its big data centers from clean resources. Similarly, we recently reported on some experimental developments in program coding that may help reduce the amount of electricity machines use. And even after an energy efficient machine that consumes clean power is created and adopted on a wide-scale, there’s still the ever-growing problem of e-waste.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.