Meditating on Cell Phone Power

From Industrial Designer Clara Zamboni from the University of Buenos Aires comes this handheld meditation power converter. Imagine Bruce Lee, trapped in the three-door-room after his nun-chuck fight on the island, just sitting there, meditating on his next move. He could have totally been charging his cellphone while he was just chillin! Twiddling thumb.

Using Nonogenerators, (link kindly provided by Clara Zamboni*), this device called Lotus is able to convert the energy you create by spinning its thumb pad into energy your cell phone can use as power. Simple and nice, naturally shaped to the contour of your hand, made to fit simply into your life.

*For all you design submitting peoples out there, it is always very helpful to explain the technologies you use in your concepts like this- a link to a credible source. This way the people who already know what it is can skip, and the people who do not can learn! Thank you Clara for being extra helpful!

Designer: Clara Zamboni

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20 Comments

  • tudza says:

    Judging from the mechanical chargers I’ve used for radios and flashlights, you are *not* going to get a decent charge out of this thing before your thumb stops working forever.

  • Ja says:

    Fear that the Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS may be worsen as have to keep turning it with your thumb .

  • Nicholas Sherlock says:

    Please do not encourage designers to pick up whatever tech buzzwords they heard on the radio this morning and use it to justify their crappy designs. It doesn’t matter what kind of generator you use, you can only get out as much energy as you put in to it (and typically dramatically more). There’s no way you’ll be able to comfortably produce enough power to charge your cellphone with your thumb like that.

  • Confucius says:

    Its a nice shape and would be OK left as a meditation device. to do nothing. But (haha) as tudza pointed out, your thumb will die before you phone comes back to life (such dramatic objects cellphones). Do this: grab your nearest similar shaped object, yes your mouse is good. And proceed to rub it in a circular motion as you would with this thing. mmm sore ain’t it.

  • Kay says:

    crappy designs?? I love the design and the idea

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  • M.S.W. says:

    I believe the designer would have been better assisted to include the following article instead of the one currently listed in the reviewer’s statement.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090326114403.htm

  • M.S.W. says:

    I believe the designer would have been better assisted to include the following article instead of the one currently listed in the reviewer’s statement.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090326114403.htm
    Sorry, should have added good post! Waiting on your next one!

  • It should also contain some sort of counting mechanism so that it can be used to count mantra recitations. Perhaps also a quiet bell or click every 108 rotations.
    🙂

  • Scott says:

    It is a beautiful zen like artifact suitable for a raked sand garden, but I think its power output is only half the story.
    when meditating, I focus within, not even twiddling.
    Why not use a piezo system on wearables so that body movement is recaptured during yoga, or just regular daily movement? we don't need to tap into a meditation sales pitch if a devices function and form are well concieved.
    besides, there will be better tech that will make this item obsolete anyways.
    consider how timless and human scale an object can be as well.

  • Edwin says:

    this is so cool1 where can i buy one?

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