As if you needed another reason to ride a bike instead of drive, now your pedaling can power your cell phone! The technology, which as been developed by Motorola and others and implemented at such events as the Coachella Music Festival’s Energy FACtory, turns out to be quite simple, so simple in fact that you can make your own! Whether attached to the handlebars as a docking station (as in Motorola’s example) or attached directly to a generator connected to the bike, this is a great example of human power being harvested as viable, usable power. What’s next, bike powered TVs and laptops?
At Coachella, the bikes were part of the festival’s Energy FACTory, a series of interactive exhibits and stations that educated visitors on energy generation and conservation. The bicycle generators were created by Brad Whaley, who had 10 days to create all 24 bicycles for the festival. He has now posted the instructions on his website as to how you can build your very own bicycle generator. All that you need is a regular bike, a car alternator, a belt, a trainer to fix the bicycle and a few other items.
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Its great and we therefore need more of this especially in Africa
Too bad a new bike, or even a new bike-cell-charger, would have already caused more environmental harm in it's production than saving a few watt-hours ever could.
Wait! Are you saying I can DRIVE to a gym, then ride a stationery bike to charge my cell phone, then DRIVE back to work talking on the phone. Yahoo, now we're making progress!
This is a great application of old technology. I had a bicicyle nearly 50 years ago I put a headlamp on. It accepted batteries to power it when I wasn't pedaling fast enough to create enough electricity to light the bulb sufficiently, but it also had a cheap little generator to power it when I was riding along in high style. Heck, I even hooked up a mount for bottle rockets on my handlebars, and with some simple wiring and use of matches and nichrome wire, rode off down the street until the rockets blasted off! Got a spanking and grounding for that, though. . . . ;-)
Our firm sells a bicycle cellphone charger. It can charge anything that usually plugs into a car cigarette lighter socket www.econvergence.net/cyclech.htm
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Isn't there one available for a moving bike. Would be much more convenient to charge something on my way to work than set up a static bike for no particular reason.
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She doesn't need a freakin' helmet...but she probably should get off the phone...so should auto drivers. Also, she needs a new backpack, looks like it's bad for her back.
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We have been selling a bike model similar these from a manufacturer in India for years, They are a great idea for phones, radios, TV, and village lighting etc. As far as cell phone chargers go, a small on board wheel powered bike generator, or an on board solar cell phone charger allows the bike to be used for transportation while charging the cell phone. There are also now small thin wearable solar charger packs. Another way to charge cell phones, and small computers is with a motion powered charger attached to either a wrist or ankle similar to a shake a light. There are many low cost pieces of equipment for charging small batteries free. It's great to see all these new products! Walt
I'm appalled by the cover photo; an unhelmeted cyclist and car in the same photo, and cyclist on the cell phone. This looks like the rider may be in a dedicated lane - but please, encourage Inhabitat readers to wear their helmets and pull over to take calls. Riding near cars (heck, even on Chicago's famed Lakefront Path, car-free!) can be hazardous enough without distraction or protection. Bicycles generating energy: great! Riding while distracted: not great! Bicycle as stationary energy generation: awesome! Get your exercise and entertainment at the same time.
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