Lung Powered iPhone Charger Released

By: Mike Fossum - March 12, 2012

Joco Paulo Lammoglia, an inventor from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, has recently unveiled his new AIRE concept – a system that converts air flow harnessed from breathing into energy that can be used to charge devices like smartphones and mp3 players.

The AIRE, which won a reddot Design “best of” award in 2011, uses air displacement (wind) to power a device. Air flow turns tiny turbines, which is then converted into electrical energy. It can be used while exercising, or while the user is asleep, offering a 24-hour renewable energy source, which Lammoglia asserts can cut down on ones carbon footprint.

Lammoglia sheds some light on his AIRE concept:

“I hope to bring the concept into production and reduce the carbon footprint. It can be used indoors or outdoors, while you’re sleeping, walking, running or even reading a book. Besides saving energy and helping environmental preservation, it also encourages physical exercise. Though many of our modern gadgets offer benefits, they tend to use a high amount of electrical energy. Harnessing energy from human activities and transforming it into electricity is possible and is a great solution.”

The information on the AIRE doesn’t state whether or not an iPhone would charge faster if the user is running, instead of sleeping – which might explain the “encourages physical exercise” comment. It also isn’t clear whether or not the device can charge the New iPad.

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  • Joshua Baugh


    • Stu

      How?? Because it’s for an iphone? Completely impractical and will die in place.

  • Katherine

    If this works…can we us this technology in an electric car? $$$$$

  • Vlad

    I think something harnessing fart energy will be much more effective. After all, farts are almost all methane, a highly combustible gas. I can already see a car seat adapted for that purpose. Just eat more beans and you can drive for free! Imagine what mileage lactose intolerant people would get! It would be measured in mpc (miles per slice of cheese).

    In other words, this is a stupid idea if I ever saw one.

  • scott

    I dont know about anyone else, but I would probably be opposed to wearing an electronic dog muzzle to charge my phone. id be happier constantly jiggling a shakeweight or throwing some nice piezoelectrics in my shoes or clothing for electricity harnessing

  • Sassafras

    Does anyone else find this totally f****d up?

  • Alex

    So that’s what Darth Vader was doing that whole time…charging his iPhone!

  • TK

    Completely stupid – can’t wait to laugh at the first idiot I see with one of these on. Total fail.

  • kaitherine

    Awesome, is this invention realy true? if yes then it will be very cheapest charger for iphone.