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Organic power: Nokia charges Lumia 930 with 800 potatoes and apples Video shows how to do it.

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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Nokia recently showed off an interesting new way to charge a smartphone, though we don’t imagine it’ll be commercializing the method anytime soon.

Part science experiment, part art installation, and (large) part publicity stunt, the Microsoft-owned mobile firm recently teamed up with multimedia artist Caleb Charland to create an organic charging wall comprising 800 potatoes and apples, among other bits and pieces.

While creating an electrical current from edible items has long been the stuff of science class experiments, Charland’s project took the experiment to the extreme, enabling him to charge a Lumia 930 smartphone in the process.

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The installation, which was set up on a busy shopping street in London over the weekend, also used copper wire and galvanized nails to help create the necessary electrical current, which was then fed through to the Lumia handset to bring it back to life.

In case you’ve forgotten the details of your primary-school science class, Nokia’s Rhea Fri explains:“Voltaic batteries are composed of two metals that are connected and suspended in an acidic solution. In Caleb’s installation, the metals were copper and zinc (from the galvanized nails).

“They comprised the positive and negative electrodes – the parts of a battery where electrical current enters and leaves. Meanwhile, the acid from the fruit and vegetables (phosphoric from the potatoes and ascorbic from the apples) provided an electrically conductive solution.”

Charland’s hand-built wall-based circuit of apples, potatoes and metal created an electrical current equating to an average of 20mA and 6 volts, Fri said.

Commenting on his installation, the Maine-born artist said, “This work speaks to a common curiosity we all have for how the world works, as well as a global concern for the future of Earth’s energy sources.”

But possibly the best thing about Charland’s battery is that you can eat it once your device reaches full power. Just remember to take the nails out first.


Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Starbucks starts

novel pay plan:

Forget the cash

Use your phone to pay

January 20, 2011 – 1:33PM

US coffee chain Starbucks has started allowing customers in its US stores to keep their cash and credit cards in their wallets and pay for their drinks with mobile phones.

Starbucks said the mobile payment system, which has been tested in selected cities since last year, was being expanded to the nearly 6800 Starbucks outlets around the country and the more than 1000 Starbucks located in Target stores.

While Japanese shoppers have been able to pay by mobile phone for years for certain purchases, the practice is still in its infancy in the United States.

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Starbucks, based in Seattle, Washington, said its mobile payment program would be the largest in the country.

Starbucks said the owners of a BlackBerry smartphone, an iPhone or an iPod Touch who have downloaded the free Starbucks Card mobile application could buy drinks by waving their mobile phone at a scanner at the cash register.

The scanner reads an on-screen barcode and debits the purchase from the Starbucks Card, which can be reloaded with funds using a credit card or with PayPal.

“Starbucks anticipates mobile payment will be a draw for customers looking to experience the speed, ease and convenience of paying with their mobile phone,” the company said in a statement.

Google last month unveiled a new mobile phone, the Nexus S, powered by its Android software, that allows for another form of mobile payment.

The Nexus S is equipped with a near field communication (NFC) chip that turns the device into a virtual wallet, allowing users to “tap and pay” for financial transactions.

NFC chips store personal data that can be transmitted to readers, say at a shop checkout stand, by tapping a handset on a pad.


Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

An edible iPhone with app-y garnish-Phone food

5:08am | Apple’s iPhone freaks who can’t get enough of the popular gadget can now go nuts over a cutting-edge cookie.
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