Charge by String

Remember when you were a kid and you pulled a string to make a toy do something? Well, I do! Now that principle can charge your batteries. The YoGen hand-held charger was displayed at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where its developers showed how a pull of a string will recharge your phone battery.
A 5 Watt charge can be generated with a very easy pull of the string. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you pull, the same charge is generated. And I'm told it gives the same charge as if you were plugging into a wall, so 1 minute of pulling is equal to the same amount of talk time you'd get after 1 minute of wall charging, or about 5 minutes of talk time. It's intended as a solution for quick emergency charging.

YoGen also demonstrated a foot-powered charger for laptops. Link -via Digg

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now THAT is an idea to go along with the minimum wage machine...human powered tech devices. think of it....foot treadle (like an old timey sewing machine)generators for laptops, wind-up cell phones etc.
swinging weight generators for ipods while walking/jogging/biking. grip builder dynamos for your hand.................
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