December 16, 2009

green technology: Flexible Kinetically Charged Cell Phone

A cell phone that is flexible, folds up in thirds, with nano-scale piezoelectric generators throughout to take the movements of a person using it and translating it into a full battery charge. Hummm...a dream? Maybe. But the idea is really cool and Kyocera's industrial designer Susan McKinney
has turned it into a concept device. People are tossing their phones around all the time, and sliding keyboards in and out in order to send hundreds of text messages. It's smart to incorporate that into the design of the phone so it can gather energy from being used, keeping the battery topped off.
Photo via Core77; credit Jeffrey Sass
By Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California

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