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PROJECT: Recharge your mobile phone battery by spinning the device around [April Fool]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 01.04.05 - 08:15:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 11843x
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Well, that's an interesting project I got notice about. Battery stand-by time of mobile devices, from mobile phones to PDAs to Notebooks is always critical but not less critical is to get an empty battery recharged. However, there might be a solution we haven't thought about yet.
Most modern mobile phones have a small electric motor which is used for the for the vibration notification. However, as we have learned in the physic class in school, an electric motor is just a reversed dynamo.

So the basic idea of this project called "spinLoad" is to use the electric motor of your phone as a dynamo to get the mobile phone battery recharged.
spinLoad is currently in an early stage of development and driven by the European CERN which is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the world's largest particle physics laboratory not to mention it's the place where the World Wide Web was born!
I met the project leader - Wolfgang Thaler - at CeBIT last month and he told me the first time about CERN's investigations and developments because Wolfgang is using Windows Mobile Smartphones for the project. According to him - Windows Mobile powered Smartphones offers the best and most flexible platform. Also he mentioned, that the HTC electric motors like used with the HTC Typhoon (Orange C500, i-mate SP3 and 3i) are the most promising since they deliver the best results in terms of recharging the battery.

As explained above, the idea is to get the battery recharged by spinning the mobile phone and therefore spinning the electro motor. Because the electro motor acts as a kind of dynamo, the battery becomes recharged. Amazing simple but amazing successful!

As said, Wolfgang is using Windows Mobile and he and his team developed a small application to display how much the battery is drained at the moment and is/was recharged if you spin the device:

Before you can use the application, spinLoad needs to calibrate your electro motor the first time.

After, spinLoader records how much your spinning recharged the battery. In the test mode it requires spinning the device for 10 seconds, start/stop is indicated with two notification tones. After the 10 seconds test, you get the result:

If you want to completely recharge your battery, you can also spin the device longer by starting/stopping the recharge mode manually:

And if this isn't enough, I also got confirmed that CERN is partnering with Toshiba here who recently announced the "one minute rechargeable Li-Ion battery":

"Toshiba Corporation announced a breakthrough in lithium-ion batteries that makes long recharge times a thing of the past. The company's new battery can recharge 80% of a battery's energy capacity in only one minute, approximately 60 times faster than the typical lithium-ion batteries in wide use today, and combines this fast recharge time with performance-boosting improvements in energy density."

So imagine your next Smartphone would be equipped with Toshiba's latest one minute rechargeable Li-Ion battery and you can recharge it within minutes, just by spinning the device the right way - how amazing 8O

In case you want to try it yourself with your current Smartphone, I'm proud to offer you exclusively Wolfgang's spinLoad application for Windows Mobile Smartphones he allowed me to publish here since he is interested in getting your feedback how it is working for you.

  • Download spinLoad from PPCW.Net
  • Copy it to your Smartphone (if you access this article from your Smartphone just download the .EXE)
  • Run it from the File Manager on your Windows Mobile Smartphone
  • Follow the short instructions

It might takes a little bit to get the right spin but if you try it out a little bit, you will get the right spin soon too. I found the perfect spin during my lunch break.
Please make sure to hold your device in your hand, not that you lose it while you spin it (I found out it works best if you spin your hand counterclockwise briefly). Also I found out that it works better on candybar phones then on clam-shell devices because an opened clam-shell is inconvenient to spin.

Thanks to Wolfgang for sharing all the information with us as well as allowing me to give spinLoad away as a free download for non-commercial testing. I'm really excited to follow the developments and according to him, we can expect the first commercial version within the next 365 days, in best case in combination with Toshiba's new battery technolofgy.

Please let him and me know how and if it is working for you too and tell us which phone you are using and how you spin it/which spin works best for you.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Mats on 01.04.05 - 10:19:07

:wink: lol

Posted by Arne Hess on 01.04.05 - 10:21:14

Sorry, guys, the download was broken but I have it fixed now. Enjoy recharging your Smartphone by spinning it around.
Thanks to Heinz for notifying me!

Posted by Ralf Barth on 01.04.05 - 10:24:29

Hello Arne,

great news. I didn´t buy a windows smartphone until now, because of the short standby time. With this solution i can improve the standby by just a little sport.
I can also leave my rota-dyn fitness ball at home. It is the "all-in-one" solution.  8)

See you today,


Posted by Heinz on 01.04.05 - 10:50:47

I only have a Pocket PC. But it has a biuld in vibration alarm. So the question is, will there be a Pocket PC version?

Thanks Heinz

Posted by Wolfgang Thaler on 01.04.05 - 11:22:51

we are currently working on a PPC PhoneEdition version.
However, because of a PPC's size, it isn't easy at all to get the vibra motor move by spinning the device.
For a (quite small) MDAc it seems to work...
Stay tuned!


Posted by Alex Januschewsky on 01.04.05 - 11:28:05

Wow great stuff! Thanks for sharing it! I love those Freeware projects smile

Posted by Franz Haslbeck on 01.04.05 - 14:32:47

After years of research and development this is the first real breakthrough to make the devices "mobile". A masterpiece of engineering capacity. Yet, freeware - at least for all of the early adopters  :wink:

Restricted energy resources are no longer a showstopper for real mobile GPS navigation (not only in the car but also) for trekking and biking, too. Oh what a breeze!

Thanks for making the mobile world even more mobile  big_smile
All my famous MoNaCo devices from now on will only suffer from small storage cards, but no longer from restricted energy.

Thanks, thanks, thanks!

Franz Haslbeck, aka Monaco
Windows Mobile Club Munich

Posted by Alexander Dreyer Johnsen on 01.04.05 - 14:37:36

*looks at the date*

Posted by serkan on 01.04.05 - 16:10:20

ha ha great job. wie heisst es heute so schön: April April

Posted by Norm on 01.04.05 - 16:21:22

hey arne, looks like a cool feature. unfortunately my MPx220 is out of energy again and I lost my charger in the office and can try out Wolfgangs prog earliest in the next week. But it´s good to see that there are some guys (you included of course) doing so much for the community.

greets to you and Wolfgang


Norm at GBRCM05

Posted by Ani on 02.04.05 - 16:50:28

Good one wink

Posted by jomni on 05.04.05 - 02:22:11

Reminds me of those battery-less kinetic watches which moves and continues to move when worn and shaked around.  I hope this becomes a standard for mobile devices.  :wink:

Posted by thomas on 04.07.05 - 21:57:19

SpinLoad Download link is down please E-Mail me the File

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