In a populous place like New York City, there are plenty of random outlets at coffee shops, bookstores and local Apple Stores to energize your dyingsmartphone. There are even charging stations at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club by Flatiron.
But, recharging a dead phone involves whipping out a bulky charger and hogging up table space, which isn’t very polite. The Charge Cycle offers a seemingly better way to charge your phone out in the open.
The Charge Cycle hopes to bring a network of outdoor neon-green stationary bikes that anyone can hop on to charge their phone. All they have to do is peddle. It takes the same amount of time to charge as if you were to plug directly into a wall — five minutes of cycling will increase your charge by roughly 5%.
If the project successfully raises $50,000 on Kickstarter, the team estimates at least 30 charging stations will be up and running in NYC by May 2013.
The bike docks offer micro USB, 30-pin or 8-pin connectors. Bike use is completely free and open to the public. There’s also a web-based application that patrons can download to get the lowdown on bike locations and details about your individual charges — how much juice you’ve added and how many calories you’ve scorched.
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