This Kinetic Charger Uses the Same Friction Energy Used to Start a Fire

By: Cadhla Gray - Sep 15, 2015
References: ramonmarc & psfk
Student Ramon Marc Zolliker created a kinetic charger that doesn't necessitate any electricity or battery power. The simple wooden device looks like a rolling pin with a smaller wooden cylinder sticking out of the center. Much like the rubbing and twirling needed to start a fire with two sticks, the same energy is harnessed by this device to power a cell phone.

Zolliker's project titled, 'IMTI: The Act of Charging as a Ritual of the Digital Nomad' serves as a reminder of humans' daily dependence on electricity. This wooden device is meant to transform individuals into "digital nomads," able to remain connected to the technological world with nothing more than physical friction made from their own hands.

A kinetic charger to join the likes of other similar hand-cranked mechanical devices, the IMTI reduces peoples' all-consuming dependence on electricity.