While the use of kinetic energy is nothing new, couch potatoes will be able to walk and talk at the same time from next year with the release of a new kinetic mobile phone charger. M2E Power claims that it is in talks with a number of mobile handset manufacturers about a joint venture for launch in 2009. So what will it actually do and how much will it cost?
The idea behind the M2E Power charger is greener energy and fitness all in one, and if the initial tests are anything to go by it looks as though 6 hours of motion will get you anywhere between 30 minutes and 60 minutes of extra talk time. But the device may also offer an interesting option for those left stranded and unable to phone home.
While it would be wrong to assume you would walk 6 hours to phone home, rigorous movement of the charger for a few minutes could give you enough battery charge to get help. Like so many gizmos and gadgets which start life as a would be fashion item the M2E Power charger could literally be a life saver for many people in the future. The cost is estimated at between $25 and $40 when launched in the US, before being rolled out worldwide.