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Charge Your Mobile Phone by Riding Your Bike

mobile phone charger bikeSay you ride a bicycle to work everyday, well now you can charge your mobile phone’s battery at the same time. This is the concept that Motorola embraced to come up with their new bicycle system. Engadget is reporting that they are originally designed with the Chinese market in mind, but in further reading you can see that they are thinking of all emerging markets, including Africa.

“For people living in emerging markets, energy is a scarcity,” Motorola chief executive Ed Zander said Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show. “In Southeast Asia, rural China and Latin America, we can actually put this in, hook it up and charge this device while we are riding a bike.”

It’s kind of strange to see Motorola behind this, but it does make sense. I’m interested in hearing what others have to say about this within the African blogosphere. I’d also like to know more about costs.

4 Comments

  1. Interesting find Hash. I found this piece about how the Chinese Government is now mandating that all phones manufactured in China charge via a standard mini-USB port.

    I guess a ton of other devices will be going this route soon. I hate having to carry one adapter for my phone, another for my camera, another for my cell ad nauseam.

    When I let my mind wander on the possibilities, I have to wonder if we are not too far away from a mash up where kids can have their OLPC’s “reverse-charged” via USB using devices like this pedal-powered one . . .

    – Steve

  2. ah, Hash! i should have checked here before posting about this same thing today on ‘the african uptimist’. oh well, optimistic minds think alike! i had the same question about cost, and also cited some of the more interesting comments about the engineering and the deployment approach. As you rightly point out, this has “rural cellphone-user in Africa” written all over it–if the price is right. cheers.

  3. In Africa, rural China and Latin America, we can actually put this in, hook it up and charge this device while we are riding a bike.”
    MyAfricaToday

  4. Have look at the above website!

    We have developed a pv technque that allows anyone to make a solar charger for a dollar or two!
    Charge it anywhere with no effort anywhere!

    Graham

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