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June 3, 2010

Nokia unveils pedal powered phone charger

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by Darren Allan

If you ride a bike with any regularity, then a new invention from Nokia could prove a revolution in charging your phone.

Well, lots of revolutions actually, the exact RPM depending on how fast you’re pedalling.

Yes, this Nokia idea is essentially a dynamo supplying power to a charging unit attached to your handlebars.

You can sit your phone in a holder unit, plug it into the charger, and voila, you’re charging up your mobile as you bomb around town cutting onto the pavements to avoid red traffic lights, almost knocking an old lady with a heavy shopping bag over.

Naturally, the idea is you can have the free Ovi Maps navigation system running, giving you sat-nav, or bike-nav perhaps.

Although you’re more likely to fail to swerve and avoid the old lady if you’re busy looking to see whether Rose Street is one way or not.

The only requirement for your Nokia phone to work with the system is that it has a 2mm charger jack.

Nokia’s bike charging kit will be out before the end of the year.

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  1. And what happened to the common phone charger interface being micro-USB? I know it’s not 2012 yet, but even so why bring out something new that’s already got RIP all over it.

    Comment by Mark — June 4, 2010 @ 9:26 am

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