Charging Phones by (and with) Camp Fire

Allison Guy
November 7th 2012

With areas of New York still without electricity, BioLite recently came to the rescue of Brooklynites by  setting up a charging station with camping stoves that convert excess heat to electricity. As global warming contributes to intensifying storms, perhaps hipster survivalists will turn to small-batch, artisanal electricity, just like their great-grandparents used to make.

Joking aside, the mass migration of electricity-seeking New Yorkers from neighborhood to neighborhood proves that mobile connectivity is moving down near the base of our Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. After satisfying our needs for food, water and warmth, we immediately make sure that there's enough juice in the iPhone to call home and check the weather report.

Via Boing Boing

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