H20 Water Powered Shower Radio

Posted on Feb 21 2011 - 1:14pm by Richard Sharp

We’ve often said that some of the best gadgets are also some of the simplest ones; a great example is the wind up radio which was pioneered by Trevor Baylis OBE in the 1990’s. The device used kinetic energy produced by winding to charge and store energy in batteries, eliminating the need for electricity.

Not content with the wind up technology the same team has now invented the worlds first water powered radio that can installed on nearly all household showers – the H20 Radio needs no disposable batteries as the flow of water charges the Ni-MH rechargeable cell.

It works by forcing the water through a ‘micro turbine’ which turns a generator which actually powers the radio with the excess charging the internal battery. This means the radio can work once the shower has been switched off. It uses no extra water because this is simply looped back up to the shower head.

Vivian Blick, Managing Director of Tango Group said “Having seen huge success with the commercialisation of the Wind-Up Radio; we were constantly looking into new ways that further innovations in the radio sector could be made. Creating the now-patented micro turbine technology, that allows the radio to operate solely through the flow of water, was the key to our new innovation; and thus the world’s first water-powered shower radio was created.”

We really like the H20 Shower Radio, what would you listen to? Shower Head & Radio = Radiohead perhaps :-).

Available at http://www.gizoo.co.uk/ for £34.99.

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