Inspired by the troubles in Japan, a new Japanese cooking pot is able to harness the heat from a pot of boiling water to charge a smartphone.
The Hatsuden-Nabe thermo-electric cookpot uses strips of thermoelectric ceramics to use the difference in temperature between the bottom of the pot and the boiling water to generate electricity. The pot is able to charge a smartphone in 3 to 5 hours.
The device could be helpful in aiding disaster victims as well as giving citizens of developing countries a way to charge their devices in areas with irregular electricity.
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