I found this fun little project off the Instructables website.Â Apparently the author received some grant funds from Lemelson-MIT program and put together a team of 6 students to create this solution. The team got their idea from shake-up flashlights which are based off the Faraday Principle – which is a type of electromagnetism reaction to generate energy. You will need to get a bread-board and create a small circuit to capture the energy produced by the bike and turn it towards your USB gadget.
Next, you’ll need a motor provider that will actually “capture” the energy, feed it through your newly made circuit.Â There are many options for this, check Continue Reading
Well, all of this will be possible with the new Alereon wireless USB technology for the iPhone and those who integrate into their peripheral.
The demonstration consists of a small wireless USB peripheral connected to a typical iPhone or iPod’s edge connector. The adapter enables any iPhone or iPod to both provide extra battery power/charging as well as synchronize wirelessly to iTunes whether on a Windows or MAC OS machine. Future enhancements will enable connectivity to HDTVs for displaying photos or videos.The ultimate vision of Alereon is to have a peripheral device integrated into Continue Reading
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Last week 17 mobile phone companies officially made the plung to accept micro USB as the connection for recharging cell phones.Â This decision was based on the same reasons as mentioned above. Continue Reading
The kit includes world voltage acceptance with plugs that cover you in US, UK, AU and EU.Â The charger will auto detect the voltage and adjust accordingly so no mess with figuring out which fuse or setting is needed in different countries.
USBFever is offering the USB wall charger for $26. Continue Reading
The USB cooling fan for your laptop comes in either a Dog or Penguin shape and acrylic top.Â It’s almost a shame you cover up the design with your laptop. Here is a side view of the laptop cooling pad: Continue Reading
Methodshop coined this as photovoltaic panels, but I like the term photogalactic a little better.Â The unit recharges a hidden battery beneath the tray – which happens to be the same place as the wires for your gadgets – so even re-charging can take place during the night.Â Of course USB support for those USB gadgets we all love. As you can see, one could make a nice solor tree for their kitchen table or large office desk, but what if your space was a little more cramped?Â Well, the USB solar Bonsai can be redesigned and shaped to any dimension of your liking.Â It can spin, detach and rotate through small connectors.
So how much is this ingenious device cost?Â Not much right now, it’s just a prototype.Â Since this looks like such a great product, lets hope someone picks up the production rights.Â Wouldn’t you say Vivien? Continue Reading
The unit is just larger than a double A battery and will provide your device with an extra 15 minutes of performance.Â Just enough time to call the bails-bondsman after getting the late night lock down because of too much party’in. IOGear GearJuice Rescue Charger product page. Continue Reading
As you may [or may not] know, USB will become the standard for cell phone charging.Â I foresee USB branching out into other electronic gadgets as the main connectivity for juicing up.Â So, this obviously means the power plug which charges via USB will only become more popular. I think it’s a great idea, because as time progresses we can all use onlyÂ a single power cord to charge any device.Â [For now, lets forget about the fact manufacturers need to jump on board with my line of thought]. In addition, I would think any serious traveler would jump at a device like this.Â Look at how small it is.Â This is all you’d need to charge your cell phone, iPod, PDA and even your laptop. Eneplug is the company which makes this device and it’s currently available in Japan, but I see it coming over to the states in no time.Â Shoot me an email if you see anything here – or I’ll update this when I find a US source. Speaking of Source:Â Technabob. Continue Reading
The sleep-and-charge USB concepts makes it possible to charge and power electronic devices connected to the laptop without the laptop being powered-on or in sleep mode. This is a simple yet revolutionary way USB power bus technology will begin working it’s way into our life.Â With USB connectivity as the #1 method for peripheral connection to laptops and computers, the sleep-and-charge USB concept is brilliant.
Â â€œToshiba has long been a leader of innovation, and prides itself on creating solutions that make the digital lifestyle even better,â€ said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. â€œWith the development of the Sleep-and-Charge USB ports, Toshiba has developed an innovative technology that helps ensure that our digital products are ready for use at the moment we need them.â€As you know, the major shortcoming with today’s USB ports from either computers or laptops is the lack of power support while the host device is turned off. I have reported on USB surge protectors which do basically the same thing, but that requires more gear for a traveling business person, the sleep-and-charge is built into the host system. Continue Reading