Cell Phone Case Designer Says Lose The Plug

What if solar chargers or protective cases weren’t accessories that had to be purchased for cell phones after the fact? What if they were simply incorporated as part of the factory-issued design and packaging? Instead of having to recycle the packaging or think about different ways to charge the phone, the Infinite Mobile Device combines kinetic and solar charging technologies together in one sleek product.

Sponsored by Kyocera and created specifically for Virgin Mobile by Taiwanese design student Tony Deng, the Infinite Mobile Device concept represents the ideal blend of modern design and practical potential. Although quite intricate, Deng insists that it is an easy to manufacture cell phone casing/packaging system that can address the problem of overcharging cellphones and the waste of energy it causes.

Infinite Mobile Device

image via DengDesign

As DesignBuzz pointed out, “the device uses a system of self powered nanogenerators fitted in the casing of the Infinite Mobile Device which allows the cell phone to be recharged via kinetic energy harvested by the movement of the user or by the user’s interaction with the phone like tapping on its screen.”

Infinite Kinetic Charging

image via DengDesign

Now all the time your phone spends bouncing around in your pocket will actually accomplish something! Not to mention that when you’ve finally settled down for the day, all you’ll have to do is place the phone in a sunny spot, and it will continue to store up renewable energy. Deng envisions a final product where energy gathered by the Infinite can be shared with other users low on battery power. He also hopes to incorporate a way for users to keep a count of the watts they generate and save during cell phone usage to promote the use of renewable sources of power, similar to Changers.com.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog