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Pedal Your Way to a Charged Cell Phone

Nokia has just unveiled a pretty cool way to charge your cell phone without hitting up the grid -- a bicycle charger kit.  All you dedicated cyclists out there may never have to plug your phone into a wall again.

The Bicycle Charger Kit mounts onto the handlebars of your bike and includes a holder for your cell phone.  The charger plugs into the phone and then your pedaling does the work.  The faster you pedal, the faster the tramadol 100mg drug phone charges.  At just shy of 4 mph, the charging starts and if you can up your speed to 8 mph, the phone will charge as fast as being plugged into a wall outlet.

This kit is follow link cialis online india only for Nokia phones, but I wouldn't be surprised if other companies adopt the technology soon as well.

So, whether you're looking for another reason to get on the bike or just searching for an off-grid charging solution, this gadget's for you.

via Gizmodo


Google Maps Adds Bicycle Information


Beginning today, Google has begun providing bicycle directions for its Google Maps service with directions for cyclists in 150 cities in the United States. Google already incorporates public-transit and walking directions in addition to levitra online prescription automobile driving directions, and the bicycling community has been calling for Google to add bike routes for some time.

The routing suggested for cyclists is designed to avoid freeways and high-traffic areas, and to select gentler terrain by routing around hills. To make it even more useful for riders on the go, Google expects to have a mobile version available in the near future, as well.


Three Cool Concepts For Urban Biking


We've seen several bike-related concepts in the past few weeks. If, in fact, alternative transportation is on the rise, bikes will become a larger part of very good site brand cialis for sale our transportation mix. To be really effective and to find wide acceptance, these three may help make bikes more of an option.

Copenhagen Wheel

A group of MIT researchers developed the Copenhagen wheel, a versatile electric bicycle wheel which was given its debut last month in Copenhagen during the COP-15 summit. The wheel combines a regenerative brake, a battery, an electric motor, and a variety of sensors and a bluetooth connection. Combining regenerative braking and electric assist acceleration helps make it easier for bike commuters to deal with starts and stops. With the Copenhagen wheel, the bike can also track speed and distance traveled, as well as monitoring local smog conditions and tracking the proximity of friends. The Copenhagen wheel also acts as a smart lock to prevent unauthorized use of the bike.

YikeBike Mini-farthing

Weighing in at 10 kg (22 lbs), the YikeBike is a small folding electric scooter with a large-wheel/small-wheel combination like the a "pennyfarthing." It folds into a space of 150 x 600 x 600mm (approximately 6 x 18 x 18 inches) and can be unfolded and ready to visit web site canada cialis no prescription ride in about 15 seconds. The YikeBike has a range of natural female viagra 9-10 km (5.5-6 miles). It is expected to be commercially available soon at a cost of around 3,500 Euros (roughly US$5,000).

Underground Bike Storage

In an area with extensive bike commuting already in place, storage solutions for the hundreds of bike riders becomes a problem. In Japan, the Eco Cycle is an underground storage facility with a capacity of 144 bikes (18 bikes per level and 8 levels of storage). The automated system can retrieve any bike within 10 seconds, making it quick and convenient. A one month pass for the Eco Cycle garage costs about $30/month (2600 yen).

Thanks again, John B!


The Green Roadway – Good Idea, But Not New


The NY Times’ Green Inc today reports on a project called The Green Roadway.  In short, it’s a plan to put lots of solar panels and wind turbines along highways, at the proposed cost of $6.5 million per 10 mile stretch (though government incentives could lop off 65% of that), powering 2,000 homes in the process.

This sounds like a combination of two other ideas that are already in the works: technology that generates energy from moving traffic, and technology that simply takes advantage of order daily cialis roadside space.  

For example, the Oregon Solar Highway project is a plan to line strips of highway with solar panels, to power the lights that illuminate the lowest prices for professional cialis highway at night.  And Massachusetts wants to put wind turbines on some land next to the highway, as well.  These projects fall into that second category – they utilize the highway’s real estate, but they don’t actually tap into the passing traffic.

On the other hand, some companies want to put piezoelectric generators under roadways, or in speed bumps, to actually generate electricity from moving vehicles.  The jury is still out on whether such technologies are smart ways to capture otherwise wasted energy, or simply ways to “steal” kinetic energy from moving vehicles, forcing them to cialis blood thinner burn more gas.

In principle, therefore, this is not new - except that the wind turbines will feed off the air produced by passing vehicles (though others have thought of this concept).  The details of the technology are secret, though, and being auctioned off to various US states.  So it’s possible that The Green Roadway’s founders have discovered revolutionary improvements over the aforementioned technologies.  But the plan does seem to rely on small wind (i.e. little turbines, not giant ones), which most experts recognize as… not very effective.

However, it’s important to realize that putting solar panels and wind turbines along the genuine cialis tadalafil road may achieve deeper and how much to buy viagra in pounds more meaningful goals than simply generating X kilowatts.  Power plants fueled by coal and gas are generally hidden from sight, which helps us trivialize and forget the significance of our energy infrastructure.  By bringing the instruments of clean, renewable energy into the public eye, projects such as The Green Roadway could help establish these technologies in the public consciousness.  Because it’s only real if you see it in front of you.

Via Green Inc.
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Charge Your Gadgets While You Walk or Ride

Tremont Electric has created a kinetic energy-based charger called the nPower PEG (Personal Energy Generator). What's nifty about this charger compared to other kinetic energy harvesters is that it immediately converts kinetic energy to electricity and feeds it to your gadgets instead of how to get levitra in canada storing the energy and then charging.

The PEG can charge the average portable device up to viagra england 80 percent with an hour's worth of movement. What's better is that you don't need to strap the PEG onto yourself to harness the buy cialis generic kinetic energy. It can be placed in your backpack or purse or strapped to your bike or kayak and derive the same energy. You can even use it while standing on the subway or bus.

The device weighs 9 ounces and is 9 inches long by 1.5 inches in diameter. To use it, you simply plug your phone, MP3 player or other device directly into the PEG via USB cable and start moving.

Tremont claims that if everyone with portable devices used the PEG for an hour every day instead of plugging into the grid, enough energy would be saved to power 21,000 households for a year.

You can sign up to be notified when the PEG is available for pre-order here.

via CNET

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