Yes, friends, we have officially arrived at the future.
From the plethora of ever-multiplying tech gadgets that confirm this, comes the new bicycle-powered cell phone charger.
Here's one way the company is marketing the charger:
Save money and save the environment by generating your own power as you cycle. The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit pays itself back quickly through savings on charging costs. And because you generate the electricity, there is no additional environmental impact from charging.
And here's the specs on what it can do:
The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit starts charging at walking speed (6 km/h) and stops when your speed reaches 50 km/h. The total charging time varies depending on the phone and the cycling speed. For example, with just 20 minutes of cycling at 10 km/h you can power up a Nokia 1202 for 1 hour of talk time or 74 hours of standby time.
As someone who bikes to work almost every day out of the year and is generally up for just about anything green, I'm personally excited. Pedal-powered lights that save batteries have always been a plus, and this is a great addition to the energy method.
Expect to pay around $18 for the part when it becomes available later this year.
No word yet on communities seeking to ban cell phone use while riding. But this Sacramento Bee article details California state Sen. Joe Simitian's Senate Bill 1475 proposal, which would, in part, create $20 fines for those chatting and peddling.