Flower Power to Solar Power: Artificial Plant has Solar Cell Leaves

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A Japanese science and engineering team have created this crazy artificial houseplant with high-efficiency organic thin-film solar cells as leaves. Developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, it's got about 9 square inches of power-generating area, and each flexible leaf has a complex structure protected by a thin plastic layer. This makes them durable, and the team foresees uses as eco-friendly power generators embedded into buildings, clothes, leisure goods and toys. [Nikkei via Dvice]

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I, for one, do not welcome our new photosynthetic overlords.

As a gardener, I dont see them as attractive or even close to realistic, so I hope they improve the looks of it, otherwise, its just another solar gathering machine.