Consumer electronics companies gathered last week at the Greener Gadgets conference in New York City to showcase their green designs and products. One product on display, the HYmini, offers a green solution to powering portable electronic devices.
The HYmini is a hand-held solar- and wind-driven power bank that uses a small fan to generate energy for electronics. For additional power generation, solar cells can be added onto the unit where the produced energy is stored.
“The HYmini is actually a gearless generator; everything is actually controlled through the circuit board and its analog IC,” says Arthur Huang, managing director of HYmini. “It is different than the conventional gear system; you can blow at it and it has enough voltage to charge into the battery.”
The HYmini can be used to provide a 5V charge to MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones and PDAs. The device uses a USB transfer cable to deliver power to mobile devices and has various connectors for different devices. The HYmini also has an AC/DC wall adapter.
The HYmini attaches to bike mounts and armbands to give athletes or active individuals the ability to charge their devices on the go. “HYmini is basically a first step that will make people think charging green is an active thing; it’s a cool thing to charge actively,” says Huang. The HYmini is sold for $50 as a base unit with solar panels, bike mounts and arm bands sold separately.
Arthur Huang presents the HYmini to visitors at his product booth during the Greener Gadgets conference.
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