This elegant concept design by Julien Moise may be some way from technical reality, but it raises interesting questions about how alternative power methods could convey sustainable values in the user experience of mobile devices.
The word ‘sustainability’ is often associated with compromise and the customer accepting ‘less’ while being expected to pay ‘more’. Designs such as this suggest positive ways in which renewable power sources could express active statements of user intent and identity within a product.
While Moise’s design is for a watch, it is easy to imagine this crossing over into phones, with users blowing the turbine to illuminate the idle screen status display or clock.
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(Via Yanko Design).