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Giant turbine to power revellers' phones
Orange is expanding its methods for eco-friendly phone power with the trial of a wind-powered recharge tent at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Orange's Recharge Pod uses wind power to juice-up 100 phones each hour
Last year, Orange launched a small tent-top turbine onto the mudflats of Glastonbury. This year the cellco will go one better.
Today, it announced plans for a freestanding wind-powered mobile phone charging tent, dubbed the Recharge Pod. The 7m high tent has a large windmill on top – with Orange coloured blades, of course - in addition to several solar panels in case the breeze dies down.
Inside the tent is a unit into which users lock their phones for a recharge. Many makes of handset are supported, including Nokia's line-up and the iPhone, but the Recharge Pod can only support 100 phones each hour, so the queue’s bound to be longer than the one for the toilets.
The design could be adapted for other locations, like town centres
A spokesman for Orange told Register Hardware that although the technology is fully operational, the network operator’s using this year’s Glastonbury Festival as test-bed for the popularity of its Recharge Pod.
“If this trial goes well, then we may look to roll out [Recharge Pod] to other normal campsites and remote locations,” said the spokesman. He also added that there’s nothing stopping the design being adapted for use as an eco-friendly recharge point in town centres, although Orange has no plans yet in this area.
Potentially, the recharge Pod could even be used to recharge other everyday gadgets, such as MP3 players. But such a wide scale UK roll-out covering several gadget types probably means recharging won’t be free, as it will be at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Watching them clear that main field is nothing short of amazing, if only my hoover cleaned up that well.
And yes glastonbury is full of fun and smiles, i last went in 2000 and i only saw one bit of trouble and that was on the monday, that guy looked like he'd seen way too much
Oh yeah cos tents are so secure aren't they? Nobody of any sense takes anything valuable to a festival.
Or just plug it in while you're back at the motorhome for a shower.
I love Glasters, so what if the pikies turn up a week before and set up camp inside the perimeter? They never bothered me when I was there.
It's the spirit of the thing that counts, and people make that, not corps.
One of the most amazing sights at Glastonbury (and there are many), is on Monday afternoon when a few hundred volunteers sweep across the main field picking litter. (Everyone else has either left, or are nursing very broken heads before they leave). In front of them, a whole heap of rubbish scattered all over the place. Behind them, some flattened grass! There's something special about Glastonbury, always has been and I don't think the fact that peoples tastes change over the years will ever change that.
I remember leaving Glastonbury last time; after 4 days of doing exactly what I wanted to do, with like-minded people with huge smiles on their faces the whole weekend. I walked into a town on Tuesday on the way back and everyones faces were grey and glum. I was hit with massive culture shock and just thought Jesus, take me back to Glastonbury. So gutted to be back in the 'real' world.
Great memories , and regarding the corporate "slide" , this festival acted like a big fat shroom , when it popped ( mean fiddler , media arse ,
£1,000,000 police invoice , tricky fence ) , the spores went everywhere , if you dont know where , then i guess you dont know . Glastonbury festival , the best town in Europe bar none , for three days only , less crime/trubble than your town , safer for your kids than your town , more
entertainment , excitement and laughter than your town , more drugs than your town ( uuuh , hang on? that can't be right? ) etc etc . Michael Eavis is the sort of man i want as Prime Minister , he could call his "party" anything at all ,it would be the best ever , major respec , dig? ahem.
How about something more portable?
Personally I would rather have something I can carry around, like the Devotec solar charger... a little easier for the pocket in either sense.