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Nokia to develop world's first self-charging mobile phone

Thu 01 Apr, 2010 // Firstnumber Team

We've all been there – at work, school or play – when suddenly your phone runs out of battery and there's not a charger in sight.

All this could be about to change however as Nokia patent the world's first self-charging mobile phone.

Thought to recharge through kinetic energy caused by the handset owner's movement, the phone will become the first of its kind to operate without the need for traditional mains recharging.

It is also thought that the design will incorporate Piezoelectric crystals that can be used to collect energy from movement.

Although experts aren't sure when the first self-charging mobile phone will appear on the market consumers won't have too long to wait given there's already been a rush to get other self-charging products – such as I-pods – onto shelves and into stores.

The phones would be particularly useful for people such as climbers and those working in the outdoors who might not have access to conventional power supplies and whose job might put them at greater risk of accident.

People who lead active lifestyles and work outdoors are currently considered to be an untapped energy resource; the movement needed to walk up a flight of stairs is enough to power a light bulb.

Now you can make cheap international calls from just 1p a minute to tons of locations, a self charging mobile phone is the last piece of the jigsaw to conversations that never have to end!

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