James Holloway

Founded upon the observation of trifles

Mar 22, 2012

A mild subversion of format

I wrote this before I realized the target website had covered the product in previous weeks. A fundamental mistake. Still, I wanted to put this online, and here's as good a place as any.

Oddball iPhone charger recovers energy from motion, also carries baby

Technologists at 4moms have developed an iPhone charger, named the Origami, that harnesses the power of motion. The wheeled charger, which can also be used to carry a baby (not included), recovers energy from the motion of the wheels to recharge an iPhone while out and about.

Though surprisingly large for an iPhone charger, the size can be reduced via an electrically-powered folding system (hence the name), that draws energy from generators located in the rear wheels.

The device—which is pushed or pulled along by the user—has an incorporated LCD display with thermometer, speedometer and odometer readouts, and includes low level lights for illuminating the way ahead. These features—arguably overkill for a mere phone charger—are also facilitated by the generators in the wheels, as is the main iPhone-charging mechanism itself.

Opened, the charger is 41 x 28 x 39 inches in size, 38 x 14 x 21 folded. While that sounds unwieldy, an unexpected advantage is that the charger can also be used to transport a baby or toddler-accessory, which are increasingly the rage (252 being acquired every minute across the globe).

Though not included with the charger, we understand that babies are available in a range of colors, shapes and sizes. The Origami can accommodate babies and toddlers up to 40 pounds (18 kg) in weight. Though babies are mass-produced, every one is unique. The accessory is fitted and strapped in via a front-loading system, facing outwards to show off its unique features.

A word of warning, though: we gather there's currently a nine-month waiting list for the baby accessory, and as they are purely optional, you might consider the Origami iPhone charger as a stand-alone device. Origamis' front faces come in a range of colors and, really, a baby would only get in the way.

The Origami iPhone charger is available for US$850 from 4moms.