Personal wind turbine powers gadgets
8th Mar 2009 | 03:53
Biking to work has never been such fun
Think of wind power and you'll probably conjure up images of huge turbines atop hundred-metre masts in Scotland. Not so one industrial design firm, which has come up with a tiny turbine meant to be worn on the body.
On yer bike
The solar part is a standard small solar panel that can juice up gadgets in the usual way, but the windy bit is most intriguing.
That looks like a little fan in a plastic frame that can be strapped to an arm or leg. Pleiades says that riding a bike at over 9mph with the fan in place will start charging the built-in 1200mAh lithium-ion battery.
Crank it up
The kit includes adapters for getting that power onto everything from mobile phones to games consoles and there's even a hand crank for those wind- (and bicycle-) free days.