This project's funding goal was not reached on July 16, 2014.
About this project
On October 28 & 29, 2012- Hurricane Sandy, a historic storm makes landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey with 90 mph winds. The largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin, wind gusts topped 100 mph in some parts of the New York Metropolitan area. The immediate aftermath included massive power outages where over nine million customers were without power for days and weeks. In today's digital world, the "smartphone" is a necessity of everyday life for many. During and after a natural disaster it often can mean the difference between life and death and is critical to receiving the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) sent during and after natural disasters by state, local and federal authorities as well as the ability to communicate with your friends, family and emergency responders. During this critical time of need, it is very likely that you will not be able to charge your phone because of the lack of electricity. After Hurricane Sandy, I began to notice makeshift charging stations for people to use to get there cellphones charged. Any home or business that just happen to be lucky enough to have electricity began to see long lines and thousands of people wanting to charge there phones. I knew there must be a better and safer way for people to have their cell phone charged and re-charged during periods where electricity is out. As I looked at the many innovative solutions on the market like solar charging, fire charging, wind charging, fuel cell charging, they all had limitations that make them almost useless during natural disasters and long periods of time where electricity is not available. The one power source that millions of people have during these situations is running water. This source is very often the only basic utility available in a disaster. For this reason, we have created a USB charging station that is powered by your standard household plumbing and drinking water systems. The solution uses a micro hydro generator to turn flowing water into electricity to charge your USB device.
Risks and challenges
We believe that getting the product to work with the micro generator was the most complicated aspect of the project. With years of experience in product development for larger corporations, I am confident that we will deliver the project as we have outlined. Certainly there will be obstacles that we face, but our teams experience in this area will help us greatly.
While bringing any new product to market involves challenges, we believe the biggest issues we will face is marketing the new product globally. While this will not impact our kickstarted project, it will be a challenge we face going forward.
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