Superheadz’s Sun & Cloud Solar And Hand-Cranked Powered Digital Camera.

Sun & Cloud Self-Generating Digital CameraSuperheadz’s $200 Sun & Cloud 3 megapixel solar and hand-cranked powered digital camera has unfortunate written all over it. Here’s a description from Gizmodo:

“As its namesake implies, what really sets the Sun & Cloud digital camera apart from its competition is the inclusion of a solar panel on top, and a retractable generator crank on the side. So with a lot of sunlight and/or elbow grease, you can perpetually keep its battery charged. Besides a microSD memory card slot and 15 built-in digital filters, the camera unfortunately mostly disappoints with its limited photo resolution and basic 640×480 video capabilities.”

So the first unfortunate is the Sun & Cloud’s $200 price tag, the second unfortunate is its limited resolution and the last unfortunate is the manufacturer’s questionable nameSuperheadz?

Etón FR160B Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone ChargerA better option might be to use the higher-resolution camera on your current mobile phone and keep it juiced via solar power or hand-cranking with a $30 Etón FR160B Microlink with AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlight and USB charging port. [Gizmodo]

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Drink Coaster’ish Epiphany onE Puck Charges Your Mobile Phone With Hot And Cold Drinks.

Epiphany onE Puck mobile phone charger.The Epiphany onE Puck from Epiphany Labs uses a small Stirling engine to recharge any USB device drawing 1000 mA or less (iPods, iPhones and Android devices). Stirling engines have been around for almost 200 years and they quietly work exhaust-free by turning heat differences into energy.

Here’s the Epiphany onE Puck video:

Seems pretty simple – place a warm drink on the red side or a cold drink on the blue side to charge your mobile device. Epiphany Labs is on Kickstarter where a $115 pledge will get you a Epiphany onE Puck, t-shirt and window sticker. It’s not mentioned on their Kickstarter page but I assume the Epiphany onE Puck will also charge your mobile device if you defrost an item or let a pan cool on it. There’s no mention of an internal battery.

Would I buy an Epiphany onE Puck? No. In a pinch, a $25 solar or hand-cranked charger would be more practical. Being on the road and having to purchase a cold/warm drink in order to charge my phone seems a little backwards. I might as well bring my phone’s USB cable and adapter to get a quick charge everywhere rather than paying for several beverages to get a partial charge. [Gizmag]

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