01/16/2009, 07:01 AM
This is totally off the wall but...
I had read something about a concept to kinetically charge a mobile phone, sort of like the Seiko watches, and someone had posted that his phone didn't get a lot of "action" to make anything like this feasible, even if the technology involved was efficient and compact enough. However since Android, WebOS and iPhones are all bedecked with accelerometers, would this be somehow more feasible for smartphones?
The way I see it, smartphones will benefit from more movement, other than just riding on your belt: (1) movement-based apps, (2) smartphones have more uses than just calling, so will be handled more in general, (3) The Pre and G1 both have sliding keyboard motions that might be harnessed as well.
At this point, I'm only talking about on-board solutions (or even built into a special battery), since I've seen many other compact human-powered solutions (with a crank, by shaking, etc.). Nevertheless, some of these other solutions could be used and rebranded by Palm, e.g. a mini-Touchstone shaped beltclip contraption in which you could charge a second battery...perhaps even integrate such a combo into a belt case, although how dorky would that look?