Kinetic Motion Wind-Up Charger on Element14’s Online TV Series

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 11:17am
UK, 24th January – The Element14 design community presents an action-packed episode of “The Ben Heck Show” featuring a kinetic motion-inspired wind-up charger for Android phones and a Rapid Pinball Prototyping System (RPPS). Ben uses two simple, affordable items – a wind-up LED flashlight and micro USB adapter – and morphs them into a portable, wind-up battery charger for Android phones. Later it’s back to pinball wars as Ben constructs a custom RPPS gaming cabinet that allows users to rapidly fire new shots. Ben rounds out the episode with a complete overhaul of an old, non-working LCD screen and turns it into a perfectly functioning monitor.

“Ben’s latest project is a great example of how a little mod-like thinking, some DIY energy, and affordable electronics components can create useful, everyday gadgets,” said Alisha Mowbray, senior vice president of marketing, Element14. “The wind-up charger gives Android users an easy and affordable way to ensure they always have a ready-to-use cell phone, whether they’re on the road without a car charger, on a long camping weekend, or stuck at the airport.”


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