Pedal as you go
Nokia has created a phone charger that charges your phone with free and eco-friendly energy when you cycle. This equipment consist of a charger, a dynamo and a stand to add to the bicycle. The mobile phone charges itself when the bicycle achieves between 6 and 50 km per hour speed.
Why it matters
Eco products that utilise our own expended energy are proving popular with bicycles powering everything from mobile phones to washing machines. As we look to exercise more and decrease our energy consumption will two brands from the telecomms and sporting sectors co-create to create truly integrated solutions?
Puma, the sports company, launched a Smartphone that runs on sunshine and tells you exactly how much energy you have been saving by using this eco-friendly phone. Puma rewards users that use this phone with discounts for their online store.
A professor and his team, from one of the UAE’s universities have developed a mobile phone application called the “Driver Risk-ometer”. Using GPS it monitors the distance and minutes travelled by car, a vehicle’s top and average speed and the percentage of time spent in different speed ranges. The application then cross-tabulates this information with the number of calls made, time spent on calls, and/or the usage of the phone to write text messages or browse the internet, in order to formulate the driver’s overall safety rating.