Nokia has its bicycle-powered mobile phone charger. And now Orange has its 'Power Wellies'; thermoelectric wellington boots that are perfect for summer festivals because they can charge a mobile phone by using heat from your feet.
The prototype footwear, created in collaboration with renewable energy organisation GotWind, uses a sole that converts heat from your feet into an electrical current. It's a phenomenon known as the Seebeck effect. Apparently 12 hours of walking generates an hour of talk time, with hotter feet generating energy more quickly.
Motorola says it'll be launching the Motorola FLIPOUT in Europe this summer. It's a square phone with a pivoting design that opens to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. The FLIPOUT runs Android 2.1 with the MOTOBLUR social network integrator available on the home screen.
Tech specs include a 3 megapixel camera, CrystalTalk PLUS noise cancellation, Kodak photo software, WiFi, Bluetooth, an expandable memory and a 2.8-inch QVGA screen. Overall dimensions are 67mm x 67mm x 17mm; weight is 120g.