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An improved design of a wireless keyboard powered by solar cells and a large capacitor

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2 Author(s)
Ying-Wen Bai ; Department of Electronic Engineering, Fu Jen Catholic University Taipei, 242, China ; Ming-Yuan Yang

This paper mainly proposes an improved design of a wireless keyboard system by analyzing the hardware characteristics of each of its modules with the goal of reducing the power consumption of the wireless keyboard. In our experiment we have set the wireless keyboard at a fixed active voltage of 2.2 V with the lowest possible current consumption. The system can extend the working hours by 1.94 times and standby hours by 5.67 times. Instead of the memory effect of the rechargeable battery, our design uses a non-memory self-sufficient component of a 15 Farad 4.6 V large capacitor, rechargeable up to more than 100,000 times, as our energy storage unit which supplies the power for the whole wireless keyboard in which the power exhaustion probability is less than 1 % as it uses solar cells of 9.7 cm times 5.8 cm.

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2008 IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electronics

Date of Conference:

14-16 April 2008