Shibin, Derek & Brian, researchers from UCSD, have developed a sewing machine operated cellphone charger (really cheap I am guessing) during their Internship in Mumbai. In their words "We don't know if this will ever get out of the lab, but we do know that there is a footpowered sewing machine in nearly every village in India, that there is a lot of unmet demand for electricity, people can charge Rs5 per charge, and that the poverty line in India is Rs10. " They have blog of their sewing machine project here.
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