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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Peddling His Wares
Cabe Atwell   4/26/2013 4:43:24 PM
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I spoke to a few non-profits in Africa about distribution. They essentially said, there are too many bikes there.

They also said that people just steal electricity off the suspended power-lines. They will even use barbed wire as their connection. They said I have to tackle that problem before they would use my generator. In other words, I have to teach the users what to do.

It has been a back burner project of mine ever since the talk.

C

Elizabeth M
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Re: Peddling His Wares
Elizabeth M   4/23/2013 3:39:12 AM
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Good point, Cabe, that could be one reason the bike idea didn't fly (or ride, so to speak). But I would have to ask the project founders about that. It's true the conditions there could be difficult, as they are difficult even for cars. I have a friend working in Africa at the moment and one of the first things he noted was the treacherous state of the roads.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Peddling His Wares
Cabe Atwell   4/22/2013 6:06:55 PM
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I wanted to make a bike-generator for 3rd world use. It was based on a generator I made for another project. However, the harsh environment of those places, the bumpy roads, often destroys such devices. Perhaps that is why they didn't go that route?

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Re: Economic point in charging via SMS?
Mydesign   4/12/2013 12:01:55 AM
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"What do you mean "the mode of contact"? I think I am a bit confused by your question."

Elizebeth, I mean the contact point for this type of device charging. To be more specific, how the devices are getting charged through SMS.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Economic point in charging via SMS?
Elizabeth M   4/11/2013 10:27:00 AM
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I will, TJ. I have to say, I didn't expect such a lively discussion about this. And people have brought up a lot of points I didn't even think about myself, as they always do (because our readers are a class act!). I definitely am curious to fill in the blanks myself now.

Elizabeth M
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Re: How it works
Elizabeth M   4/11/2013 10:25:09 AM
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Thanks for the succint breakdown of things TedT. This was pretty much my understanding as well. But I will follow up with the project leader.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Hoax!
Elizabeth M   4/11/2013 4:47:58 AM
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I don't think it's a hoax, as the founder of the project did get in touch with me. I will definitely follow up with him about all of the issues brought up in the commentary. Quite a lively discussion!

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Re: Economic point in charging via SMS?
William K.   4/10/2013 4:53:58 PM
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I was going to ask the same questions, which arose since no place in the article did it mention how the power gets to the phone from the charging box. One very big question is how did they avoid the problem of so many different connectors to the phones? I have a stack of 15 old phones using 15 different charging connectors. Of course they are from the era when phone makers wanted to force folks to purchase their vastly overpriced charging cables. That is one area that would have been far better if the government had mandated one single connector type and polarity for each of the three basic charging voltages, and not allowed any exceptions. Now USB charging is sort of like that except for those connectors with the fifth pin and that secret resistor.

What is so very complex about a charging system for a phone? A small generator/ PM alternator and a simple control circuit would do the job and if the gears and bearings were plastic the retail price could be under $10 USD. Of course they would probably have a 1000% markup if they were to be sold elsewhere in the world. Gred does seem to work that way.

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Hoax!
rick.curl   4/10/2013 1:21:47 PM
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Interesting concept, and it has triggered a good discussion, but this one smells like a hoax to me.  The image seems to be photoshopped too........

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Re: Peddling His Wares
Pubudu   4/10/2013 1:20:01 PM
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Exactly Cabe, We all missed it,  it's like searching a way to use a pen in space when we are having a pencils. 

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