New Hydrobee Invention Harnesses Nature's Power For USB Devices

New Hydrobee Invention Harnesses Nature's Power For USB DevicesNew Hydrobee Invention Harnesses Nature's Power For USB Devices

 

A new device the size and shape of a soda can has been designed to generate electricity for USB devices when electronics users are off the grid. It's called the Hydrobee and it can generate power via a hand crank or pedal power, but more importantly through flowing water, fire, a small wind turbine, solar power, kinetic energy and more. That's right, drop it into a stream or babbling brook and it uses the motion or "hydro power" to charge six AA batteries that you can then use to recharge a variety of portable devices. The unit will basically harvest energy from anything that moves or is capable of creating movement like heat. This is extremely cool in the sense that the Hydrobee differentiates itself from other kinetic products and wearable technology due to the fact it can be used with all of the above-mentioned forms of energy versus being what might be termed a dedicated device that only works with one form of energy.

 

The Hydrobee works off of hydro power as well as sun and kinetic energyThe Hydrobee works off of hydro power as well as sun and kinetic energy

Personal Charger


The Hydrobee provides USB 3.0 power capable of charging multiple cellphones, a tablet, PC, MP3 player, Nook, LED lamps and more. Its super lightweight and relatively small size makes it convenient to pack and take with you on your travels — whether on a trip or a hike, camping or in the city or even taking it with you on a sailing or fishing trip, anywhere you need an additional power source the Hydrobee can go. The mission of the group behind the unit is "to improve the lives of millions of people living in energy poverty and to help everyone have backup power for their USB devices." Their concept product won the 2014 national Business for Good contest of the Social Enterprise Alliance. They have recently wrapped crowdfunding campaigns with groups like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to gain funds for furthering the product and making it accessible to people all over the world, but more funding is needed in order to get it fully off the ground.

Sustainable Energy


Like most groups behind renewable technology like this, the Hydrobee team wants to see this kind of industrial science made available to energy-starved areas of the world to help improve quality of life and to assist during times of crises like natural disasters. Here are just some of the stats pertaining to the problems people face globally: In the developing world over 500 million people have no electricity and they use wood or kerosene to create light at night. They spend over $30 billion a year to buy kerosene for dirty, dangerous, open lamps that could be replaced by clean LED lamps using a USB power source, were it available. Over 1 billion people who live off grid have cell phones, and they need power too. They spend over $20 billion a year to buy charges for their phones from any vendor with a battery, paying 10 cents or similar amounts each time for a few minutes of charging. All phones now use USB power. In just 10 years, USB power in the developing world has become worth $50 billion a year. If you live on $2 a day, as many people in undeveloped or underdeveloped nations do, even 10 cents is out of your price range.

Supporting Clean Energy


If you're interested in green technology, this is actually a really exciting project. Many of the things we take for granted, regard as luxuries, or think nothing of are life changing to those without. Readers that want to know more about the technical aspects of the project or who maybe want to contribute to its fruition can go to Hydrobee's website for more information regarding the technology, the team's efforts and future fund-raising opportunities. According to their contact information, they welcome input into ideas for usage and future applications and might even be open to brainstorming with you. The group is looking for an April 2016 launch date. If you check out their website, you might see reference to their Firebee charger for turning any stove into a charging source. We'll be investigating that subject and covering it in an upcoming post in our efforts to bring you the latest green energy sources for a cleaner, brighter world.