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article imageComing soon, the iFan to charge your cellphone with the wind

By Carolyn E. Price     Dec 15, 2010 in Technology
An interior/exterior designer from the Netherlands has come up with what he calls "an hardware App" that has a mini fan, slides around your iPhone and charges it when held up into the wind.
Tjeerd Veenhoven's bio reads as follows: "In a playful, freestyle way his experiments turn in to products, showing that form and beauty can be derived from an inventors brain."
Veenhoven blogged that he finds that he needs to charge his phone every day and is "amazed" at how short a time that charged phone lasts. He, like millions of cellphone users around the world, found that his phone runs out of battery life at the most inconvenient of times.
So Veenhoven decided to do something about it and invented what he calls the iFan, a soft rubber skin-like contraption that you slide around your phone and charge it, when the wind blows.
Veenhoven opines that the future iFan user will be able to charge her phone while "sun bathing at the beach, doing walking trips in the mountains or just holding it outside your car window while driving along."
Normally, it takes anywhere from around :30 to :60 minutes to charge an iPhone. Veenhoven reports that his first-off version of the iFan, when hooked up to a modified computer fan, took him six hours to charge the phone.
Veenhoven believes that he can cut down what many would see as too long a charge time, by simply redesigning the fan blades to more efficiently catch the wind.
The Star reports that prior to coming up with the iFan concept, Veenhoven had been working on larger scale "wind-related products."
I love just throwing ideas out there, and this was basically just a prototype. . . even so, the response is that good that we are pushing to make one for on your bike, in order to keep your phone charged if you tour along.
The Star reports that Veenhoven hopes to have a working prototype sometime in February, 2011.
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