13 Dec '12, 5pm

Students Build Bike-Powered Charging Station from Scratch

Students Build Bike-Powered Charging Station from Scratch

As we become more and more dependent on our gadgets, we also are continually seeking out better ways to power them, from solar-powered chargers to human-powered ones. We've seen ideas for piezoelectric sneakers to movement-powered iPhones pedal power. Why not use the energy you create pedaling a bike charge to our gadgets too? There have been quite a few incarnations of this idea, but it's always refreshing to see a fresh take on it, especially when it's a group of students who go full DIY and build a bike charging station completely from scratch, including the bike. That's just what a team of Northern Arizona University students did to not only help fellow students recharge their smartphones, but to also educate them about the energy their gadgets are using. NAU says , "A cross-section of NAU students contributed to the project and built each bike component. Engineering s...

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