It's my favorite time of day right now: that time when we learn about sock-knocking-off technology that sounds like it was born on the bright side of the future. To quote one of my favorite animators, "When the aliens come they will be so great in so many different ways that everything we ever thought was cool will make us ashamed."
Ready to bring the shame? I hope not, because lucky for you (this time) the bringers of awesome future technology are from Team Earth (Sweden, in fact) and the awesome they've brought us is a slick piece of eco-friendly technology called PowerTrekk, tomorrow's battery charger.
And here comes the best part: PowerTrekk is a darkness-defeating fuel cell charger that runs on - ready - WATER! It runs on approximately one tablespoon of WATER! You can charge your mobile electronics with the stuff that drips out of clouds and public fountains. This brilliant piece of future "cleanly and efficiently converts hydrogen into electricity" via PowerTrekk's Proton Exchange Membrane. That sounds intense, but all you have to do is place one fuel pack, called PowerPukk, into the the PowerTrekk and "add water to provide instant and limitless power on the go." Watch it in action:
myFC, the company that has created this device, promotes PowerTrekk as the ideal accessory for "business professionals in developing countries who seek freedom from wall charging either because they work in remote areas (where the grid is absent) or in cities where, from time to time, the electrical grid is unreliable." Whether you're charging your phone, camera, or even an iPod (because when you are completely removed from electricity the first thing to worry about is what jams you need to set the mood), simply plug the device into PowerTrekk's USB port and - presto - you're off like a battery-charging bandit. Take a look at all of it's gadgety wonder:
So let's recap: No power outlet? No problem. No car battery? No problem. No spare batteries? NO. PROBLEM.
The next time you're venturing out into the wild, whether that's an unfamiliar city or the actual wild that you see on Discovery Channel, take a look at your communication devices and ask yourself: Which one of these cute geometry-morphs do you hope to be: