An ambitious team has launched a kickstarter project for so-called “Infinity Cell”, a kinetic charger which fits around an iPhone, and generates electricity using vibrations.

An ambitious team has launched a kickstarter project for so-called “Infinity Cell”, a kinetic charger which fits around an iPhone, and generates electricity using vibrations.

At the moment, Infinity Cell is a working prototype – a crude, 3D printed box that fits around an iPhone like a bulky case.

Kinetic charging is a simple idea, but apparently not very practical for everyday activities – in its current state, the peripheral is only able to generate a 20% charge in thirty minutes. A full charge takes three hours.

One of the objectives of Infinity Cell is to reduce energy consumption, and therefore pollution. An iOS app is planned for release, and will award users different badges depending on how much energy they have saved.

The obvious benefits of Infinity Cell extend far beyond its intended purposes – it is easy to see how useful the device would be for runners, cyclists, etc., who generate plenty of kinetic energy, often using iOS devices at the same time.

Additionally, Infinity Cell could make for an excellent emergency peripheral. While it might be impractical to use the charger for video streaming or a game of Temple Run, the amount of electricity it generates is ample for an emergency call.

Infinity Cell calls to mind ‘FastCharge’, an iOS prank app used to give the illusion that an iOS device can be charged with three shakes. While it isn’t nearly that fast, Infinity Cell does, at least, work.

The creators of Infinity Cell are currently trying to raise $155,000 on Kickstarter by June 6th. Donators of $125 will get their own limited edition Infinity Cell, for iPhone 4 or 4S users only.

Source:TechCrunch