July 27, 2009
Pedal power for Kenya's mobiles
Two Kenyan students are hoping to market a device that allows bicycle riders to charge their mobile phones. The BBC reports.
Jeremiah Murimi, 24, and Pascal Katana, 22, said they wanted their dynamo-powered "smart charger" to help people without electricity in rural areas.
People have to travel great distances to shops where they are charged $2 a time to power their phone, usually from a car battery or solar panel.
"The device is so small you can put it in your pocket with your phone while you are on your bike," said Mr Murimi. It takes an our of pedaling to charge a phone completely.
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