The Charge Cycle is a unique bike that can function as a power source, converting kinetic energy from the act of pedaling into electricity for anyone to use.
“Remember the last time your phone died and you didn't have a way to charge it?” reads the project’s website. “The Charge Cycle is a sustainable, human powered phone charger available around NYC for free.”
Outfitted with a dock that offer micro USB, 30-pin or 8-pin connectors, the bike is able to charge a phone in roughly the same amount of time that it would take if the phone were plugged directly into a wall.
When somebody is riding the bike, they can charge their phone at the same time. When the bike is docked, it becomes a free charging station for anyone to use. Those looking for a place to charge up can locate the nearest docked Charge Cycle using an iPhone app
The Charge Cycles are set to be available in at least 30 locations across New York City by May of 2013 if the design team hits their $50,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter.
- While the project has only raised just over one thousand dollars to date, many online are in support of the idea, both in New York City and far beyond the five boroughs.
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