Every now and again among the white noise hurtled at us through social media, a nugget appears that makes us sit up and take notice. Today we came across this absolute gem.
It’s a small ‘generator’ unit that fits onto your rear wheel. By engaging with your axel as it turns, the unit produces power and stores it.
That power is then converted into the kind of electricity that powers all of our devices; mobile phones, laptops, iPads and so on.
A device like a mobile phone can be plugged into the generator as you cycle around and so powers that device as you ride.
Alternatively, the small battery can be taken out of the generator when your reach your destination and can power your device on move. It means the new gadget is a power source for any USB rechargeable device, all on the move.
Those behind it say the device is intended to “convert the passion and power of your bike ride into electricity for every day”. The product is called the ‘Atom’ and has been developed by Siva Cycles, a US company.
They held a funding drive on the Kickstarter.com site earlier this year, seeking $80,000 to help bring the Atom to market. In one month, $126,082 was pledged by 1,373 investors.
As well as the sheer convenience it provides, the Atom has massive potential in the developing world. In the poorest nations of Africa and Asia bikes are plentiful but electricity supply is often non-existent, an impediment that would be minimised by the spread of the Atom.
It will retail at $99.
The Atom is designed to output a high quality, USB compatible 5V at up to 500mA. In English, that means if your device can be charged with a USB connection (iPhones, and iPods, Galaxy phones, GPS trackers, etc), then it will take a charge from the Atom.
The 500mA charge rate is the same as the USB output from your computer, which means your device will go from fully flat to fully charged, just as fast on the bike as it would sitting on your desk.
The video above has been produced by CNN and is a news item on how the device works and the company behind it.
The longer and more detailed clip below was put together by Siva Cycles themselves and was effectively its sales pitch for its Kickstarter.com fundraising campaign.
Both are well worth a look.
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