A Portable Charger Kit Borne from Sustainable Design
(Updated on August 3, 2012)
To help realize a sustainable society, Sony promotes the concept of sustainable design. As one expression of this concept, Sony launched the "odo" design project, which has applied this concept to a group of model devices focusing on kinetic energy-based products. From a universal design perspective, the devices are easily accessible even for children, while also applying the principles of eco-design. Using your body to generate energy as you use these devices facilitates a new level of interaction.
As an example of a design incorporating hand-powered generation, in June 2012 Sony launched the CP-A2LAKS portable USB charger kit. In this model, in addition to the conventional portable charger used with smartphones and other devices, Sony has newly included a hand-cranked, USB charger unit. By turning the charger handle, you can generate enough power to talk on a smartphone for approximately one minute. The device is convenient for outdoor use or when there is a power blackout. To ensure that the design provides ease of portability, the hand-crank input unit may be detached from the USB output unit.