Feeds
85%

Baylis Eco EP-MX71 hand-cranked media player

It's green and groovy - and that's no wind-up

The Power of One Infographic

Review Trevor Baylis, he of wind-up radio fame, now has a range of hand-cranked products, including this, the world's first wind-up multimedia player. It comes down to whether you're concerned by green issues - and you should be, unless you plan to move to another planet any time soon.

First seen in August last year, the Baylis Eco Media Player looks to combine the very latest technology with good old-fashioned elbow grease in an eco-friendly package. No one is going to argue that this player is the sleekest most sophisticated model on the market. However, if cutting down your carbon footprint is important to you, not to mention the environmental impact of a product once it has reached the end of its life, this product is a real boon.

Baylis Eco Media Player EP-MX71 wind-up multimedia player

Eco EP-MX71: start a trend... and get green

It actually delivers far more on the functionality side than you might expect. Because of its internal winding mechanism, the unit is a little bulky when compared to most MP3 players. However, it isn't so big as to be cumbersome, and the rubber coating gives it a nice feel in the palm. Currently, the product comes in 2GB version, although the company hopes to introduce 4GB and 8GB versions in due course.

Not the largest capacity out there of course, but there is an SD card slot so this boosts available memory capacity considerably. Once the unit has been fully charged - the manufacturer recommends an 8-10 hour charge by USB initially - the unit can be completely independent via its crank handle. One minute of winding gives around 20 minutes of music playback and ten minutes of video.

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports
Composite vid socket binned as GPIO sprouts new pins
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.