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As much as this sounds like complete malarkey, charging cell phones using thin air isn't just wishful thinking. A few years back, we reported on Nokia developing new tech that would allow users to juice up their phones by drawing energy from ambient radio waves in the air. While we still haven't seen radio wave-charged phones come to the market, how cool would it be if the iPhone 5 was the very first?


How much does your cell phone move every day? If it’s in your pocket or bag as you jostle around on the morning commute and dash up the stairs to make your afternoon meeting, chances are it gets quite a bit of action. Well, new tech has got cell phone companies playing around with the idea that that kinetic energy could be used to power your cell phone – something we’d love to see incorporated into iPhone 5 or 6. And if just moving around isn’t enough, there are even people developing tech that allows you to charge your phone by yelling at it. It may sound crazy but early iPhone 5 adopters might be assuaged if they can turn their frustrations about bugs into more talk time…


According to Apple’s environmental report, “the packaging for iPhone 4 is almost entirely recyclable, and its retail box is made primarily from bio-based materials, including fiberboard containing 90 percent postconsumer recycled content.” We’re glad that Apple has been working on the sustainability of its packaging, but there’s always room for improvement. iPhone 4 U.S. retail packaging was 14 percent lighter and consumed 14 percent less volume than the previous generation, so we hope iPhone 5 can up that ante even more.

Want to know what other eco-innovations could possibly be incorporated into the iPhone 5? Click through our gallery to take a peek…

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  1. 3arn0wl October 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Can you resend this to Apple, please!? 😉

  2. Toe July 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Kinetic charging would probably make the iPhone huge. Not exactly what they’re going for. And what’s the tradeoff between the materials for a kinetic charger vs. the electricity used?

    Solar charging is already possible if you have any solar-to-USB collector.

    Using recycled materials is likely to make the phone bigger and/or to break more. If it breaks more readily, it then would result in more trash.

    An optional charger would be seen by many as, “they want me to pay extra to charge my rechargeable battery??!?”

    Less packaging is indeed a good idea. Apple is ahead of the curve there, but they could do a little better.

  3. Prakhar of Terracycle July 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    While some of these ideas a definitely a far reach (and not to mention, very expensive), my favorite suggestion from this article is that of optional chargers. That could save money for both consumers and Apple while reducing waste!

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