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Charge your phone while jumping rope

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Charge your phone while jumping rope
Despite what you may think, this is not some crowd sourced project hoping to become a new fad. It is actually geared to provide a means of power in remote areas and developing markets.  Uncharted Play has developed a product called PULSE which is essentially a jump rope that can store energy from the kinetic action of, well jumping rope.

If the name Uncharted Play is familiar to you, you may remember them making some news when they developed an energy storing soccer (football) ball called SOCCKET. With PULSE, 3D-printed handles are designed to maximize energy production and store that power to be used for whatever, like charging a cell phone.

Such a scenario is a very relevant idea, especially in remote areas with no ready or reliable power. According to Uncharted Play, minutes of playtime on PULSE can provide hours of power, depending on the appliance that is using the juice.

If this type of thing is up your alley, better check it out soon. PULSE is entering a very limited beta, just 100 charging jump-ropes will be made for this run at a price of $129 each. With this run, Uncharted Play is focused on developing the idea further so that it can be made and affordably sold to its intended markets.

source: Springwise via DVICE

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posted on 20 Dec 2013, 23:08 2

1. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Ohh this is interesting. Get fit while charging power for your phone; kill two birds with one stone.

unless you're lazy or can't jump :/

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 13:34

6. PootisMan (Posts: 259; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

Cool, I'd buy it.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 20:31

7. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

But how many jumps u need to fully charge your phone?

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 01:19 1

2. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Yeah sure, sell it for $100. The poor obviously can afford it

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 10:21

4. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

It's an initial production run. They have to pay off R&D costs as well as refine their production process so that they can produce at scale. These are going to be huge expenses, and they want rich people (100 of them, evidently) to help offset these costs as early adopters.

I'm sure it will be cheap in a couple of years. Maybe a get one, give one type program could work out.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 02:28

3. taikucing (unregistered)

Meh, better create a charger that connects to a bicycle.
This thing only creates small amount of energy

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 10:25

5. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

I can envision a full line of such fitness/electricity products, but we're talking about cell phones here.

A phone charging at 10 Watts (5V, 2A) takes maybe 3 hours to charge fully if it's an enormous battery. 30 Watt hours is really not that much in the grand scheme of things. It's a fraction of a penny if you get it off of the grid. I'm sure that a bit of jumping rope is capable of charging a small cell phone battery. It's not entirely practical in the developed world, but in places with sensitive electrical infrastructure, it's a really good promising option.

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