How to energize your gadgets (and yourself)

New manual charger from Japan uses pedal power.


Talk about serendipity. Just yesterday Crave posted items on workstation fitness equipment and manually cranked chargers, and now there's a product that combines both concepts.

This pedal-charging device from Japan is like the under-desk "Power Stepper" but does it one better: Not only will it fulfill the forced laborer's daily fitness quota, but Gizmodo says it will also produce enough electricity to power mobile phones, media players, or any number of other gadgets. Just don't let your taskmaster boss find out about it, or he may make battery levels part of your performance review.

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