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Device will sell globally starting in undeveloped countries

Nokia has debuted a new device for these users that connects to a bicycle and charges a mobile phone. The Nokia charger uses a dynamo that is powered by the spinning of the bike wheels. Nokia claims that the rider will need to maintain about 4 mph forward speeds to charge the device.

Being from Nokia, it might come as a surprise that the charger will work with any handset that uses a 2mm charging jack.

"Bicycles are the most widespread means of transport in many markets around the world, so this is just one more benefit to be gained from an activity people are already doing," said Alex Lambeek, Nokia vice president in a statement."

The charging device promises to produce enough power for about 28 minutes of talk time or 37 hours on standby if the rider travels at 6 mph for at least ten minutes. The charger also comes with a handlebar mount holder to secure the phone while charging.

The charging kit will launch globally by the end of 2010 and the cost will vary depending on where it sells. Nokia will offer the charger in Kenya to start with at a price of about 15 euros.

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Wow, what a breakthrough!
By corduroygt on 6/3/2010 11:12:50 AM , Rating: 3
I used the same technology to power my bike's headlamp 20 years ago, and I'm sure it existed before I started riding bikes...

RE: Wow, what a breakthrough!
By Hieyeck on 6/3/2010 11:41:28 AM , Rating: 5
And yet you didn't think to make a phone charger out of it.

I'm pretty sure silicon has been around for billions of years, so computers obviously have been around for that long too.

RE: Wow, what a breakthrough!
By JediJeb on 6/3/2010 11:54:43 AM , Rating: 2
I have and even better idea, make a solar panel to put on the bike helmet, then you can even get a charge if you are having to wait in heavy traffic like some have to do in China.

RE: Wow, what a breakthrough!
By mydogfarted on 6/3/2010 2:53:36 PM , Rating: 2
my brother-in-law is currently biking across Canada and is using a solar charger mounted on his backpack for just this reason. Riding, walking or just relaxing, and his cellphone or his GPS are getting charged.

RE: Wow, what a breakthrough!
By Souka on 6/3/2010 5:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
Problem is while waiting in heavy traffic in China, if the sun is out, the smog/pollution will is so high that little useable solar power would be available! :)

RE: Wow, what a breakthrough!
By themaster08 on 6/3/2010 12:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
But when was the ast time you saw a phone charged by your bike?

Whilst it might not be "breakthrough" it's most definitely intuitive thinking on Nokia's part.

RE: Wow, what a breakthrough!
By dani31 on 6/3/2010 12:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
In 1827, Hungarian Anyos Jedlik started experimenting with electromagnetic rotating devices which he called electromagnetic self-rotors. In the prototype of the single-pole electric starter (finished between 1852 and 1854) both the stationary and the revolving parts were electromagnetic. He formulated the concept of the dynamo at least 6 years before Siemens and Wheatstone but didn't patent it as he thought he wasn't the first to realize this.

Besides bikes, the technology is present in each and every car on the planet, as well.

RE: Wow, what a breakthrough!
By mino on 6/4/2010 2:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well, no. It was about 50 yrs ago.

Now we use alternators that are a bit more complicated and a lot more efficient.

Awesome Idea
By AEvangel on 6/3/2010 12:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
This is a really cool idea...I like the other guy's comment about putting a solar charger on the helmet as well.

Way to go Nokia.

RE: Awesome Idea
By themaster08 on 6/3/2010 12:13:26 PM , Rating: 3
I agree. This is excellent.

Now you can use the free lifetime navigation that Nokia offer, whilst bike riding without having to worry about it draning your battery.

It's also very appealing to third world countries for obvious reasons.

Kudos, Nokia.

RE: Awesome Idea
By Proxes on 6/3/2010 12:21:38 PM , Rating: 2
It would be an even better idea if they made it so the phone could only be charged on the bike.

Take care of all the lazy fat asses that do nothing but text and talk all day on a damn cell phone!

RE: Awesome Idea
By themaster08 on 6/3/2010 12:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
Well Nokia already sells some of its phones without chargers as part of its "green" business practices. They want you to use a charger that you already own.

I guess that's a step in the right direction.

RE: Awesome Idea
By Lonyo on 6/3/2010 12:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
Definitely great for bikers who want to cycle into the wilderness but still want to be able to make calls, know where they are, have a music player etc.

Wonderful Invention
By MrTeal on 6/3/2010 11:20:37 AM , Rating: 2
Just what we need, now I have to worry about dodging people who are texting and riding, too.

RE: Wonderful Invention
By JediJeb on 6/3/2010 11:55:43 AM , Rating: 5
Don't worry, the texting drivers will take care of the texting bikers soon enough.

By manofhorn on 6/3/10, Rating: 0
RE: market
By bharatwaja on 6/3/2010 1:07:34 PM , Rating: 4
care to take your head out of your ass and come to India once to see how things really are? Grow up.

A better charger
By KIAman on 6/3/2010 1:17:57 PM , Rating: 2
Someone should design a charger than can be run off human power.

1. Heat
2. Vibration/Motion
3. Air movement
4. Stress relief balls
5. Bioelectrical energy (aka Matrix style)

Then the only caveat is that we must be alive to use it.

RE: A better charger
By Murloc on 6/3/2010 2:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
this charger is about the price.
It's cheap!

creating a charger that uses your motion would not be feasible because you don't move enough and it would be too heavy, it wouldn't make enough electricity.
Heat: not efficent enough, if you are 37° and out there are 34° you aren't going anywhere.

By gralex on 6/3/2010 11:45:37 AM , Rating: 2
Denmark would buy a million of these in a week!:D

By medys on 6/3/2010 11:54:32 AM , Rating: 2
I hope this stuff is Volt compatible with internal generators (the ones that are on axis of the wheel). These external ones are crap, the lose too much energy in friction, also they make noise...

I would buy this one for my trip arround mountain of Ararat.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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