By Evan Ackerman
The problem with solar powered cell phones is that despite the fact that the sun is really big and all, most of the time, your phone is not anywhere near it. Most of the time, your phone is probably in one of your pockets. Shame on you, why do you have to hate the environment and use pockets?
Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has designed a cell phone called “Chairman” that incorporates a kinetic charger, which is the same kind of thing that you find in self-winding watches. It harvests energy from motion to charge itself. Of course, you can’t get something for nothing… Carrying this phone around is just gonna make it that much harder to walk. And if you’re as lazy as I am, a phone like this is probably never going to get charged anyway. But that’s okay, because it’s only available in a limited edition of 1846 and from the looks of it, if you can afford one of these watches, you can most likely also afford to hire someone to take it on walks for you. No specifics on pricing or release date yet, although we should find out more later this month.
If you don’t mind wasting a little extra time, I ran across some really cool clocks that can theoretically run forever, extracting all the energy they need from daily temperature changes of only a few degrees. You can read more about them here.