If the green movement has brought us one thing it's weird new ways of creating energy and recharging batteries. If cranking, shaking, solar or wind aren't up your alley, here's a new design that provides a different spin on charging. No, literally--a spin.
The Mechanical Mobile designed by Mikhail Stawsky provides its owner with a spin charger.To spin toward more bars, one simply places the phone on a finger and makes like a third base coach on a deep ball to right.
We've all seen cranking on various devices including flashlights and radios, but spinning is something more original. Internally, I suppose it works the same way a crank does, only with a hole in the middle rather than a lever. Unfortunately, it seems like the device would likely spin for about four seconds before flying off the tip of one's pointer and sailing into solid asphalt. Either way, you'd no longer have to worry about charging the battery.
Outside of its unique take on charging, the mobile offers a touchscreen interface and unique, if not entirely practical, L-shaped profile. Unfortunately, the giant charging donut on the bottom limits the room for a screen and keypad, so the display and letters are rather condensed.
I don't suspect we'll be seeing this rise from the depths of LG or HTC stables, but it does provide an interesting means of charging that might work better on a different device.