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charger

Well, not quite. But it is another personal charging option to add to the solar and hand-crank mix (thanks to Guy Yeomans for pointing this in my direction over lunch last week).

The HYmini is a cool compact wind-powered charger with an internal lithium ion battery (there’s also an optional solar panel and hand-crank attachment). They’re still a little pricey, coming in at around the $50 mark, but I can imagine as they get cheaper seeing them attached to bikes – the perfect power solution for Bodafones and other bicycle-centric phone service providers in developing countries (photos, below, from kiwanja’s Mobile Gallery).

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Motion chargers would be the final piece of the jigsaw, but are still a little way off. Trevor Baylis prototyped a pair of “electric shoes” back in 2001, walking across the Namib desert to prove that you could charge a small battery – enough to power a radio or mobile phone – through the action of walking. Nothing may have come of that, but he clearly got other people thinking. Expect announcements later this year.

10 comments

1 Ken Banks { 01.26.09 at 10:20 am }

Electric shoes to make a comeback? New charging options for mobile phones in the developing world. http://tinyurl.com/bthg3c

2 kiwanja { 01.26.09 at 10:20 am }

Electric shoes to make a comeback? New charging options for mobile phones in the developing world. http://tinyurl.com/bthg3c

3 changefeed { 01.26.09 at 10:22 am }
4 Alfie Dennen { 01.26.09 at 10:36 am }

as an apology of sorts for my unthinking mobile RT (yesterday?) http://tinyurl.com/bthg3c thanks v much @kiwanja

5 alfie { 01.26.09 at 10:36 am }

as an apology of sorts for my unthinking mobile RT (yesterday?) http://tinyurl.com/bthg3c thanks v much @kiwanja

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9 Ken Banks { 01.26.09 at 4:38 pm }

@whiteafrican Re: Powering personal devices… Add to that a wind-powered generator (for mobiles). http://tinyurl.com/bthg3c

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