Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dance to Recharge your cell phone battery

How many times have you hopped from one foot to another and shouted in the cell phone, " My battery is almost dead!" Next time you do the hop scotch you could actully be recharging your cell phone battery.

Many feel handicapped and helpless when there is no recharging outlet handy and the mobile phone's battery is about to run out.

Thanks to a new gizmo, all you need to do now is face the music and dance.

Mobile phone operator Orange said on Tuesday it had teamed up with GotWind, a firm specialising in renewable energy, to produce a recharger powered by dance energy alone.

The portable kinetic energy chargers will be given a test run at this year's Glastonbury Festival, the world's biggest greenfield music and arts celebration that begins on a farm in Somerset on Friday.

Orange said the prototype chargers weigh the same as a phone and are about the size of a pack of cards.

Attached to the user's arm, they employ a system of weights and magnets which provide an electric current to top up charge in a storage battery. This can then later be used to recharge the phone.

"We wanted to create a fun, engaging and interactive product which would encourage users to have a laugh while charging their mobile phone and at the same time test out a new energy-efficient prototype," said Hattie Magee, Head of Partnerships at Orange UK.

Just break into a dance next time your battery is low and have fun while your phone charges up to fix the party.

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