The New Hydrobee wins national award!
Hello dear Backers. It has been 3 months since we last wished you a Happy New Year, and we have good news to share.
First, we just were named Finalists in the national Business for Good competition of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and I'm going to Nashville on April 12-16 to party up at the Social Enterprise Summit, www.summit14.org. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced then. I am confident we are going to win, Hydrobee has vastly more impact than the other 2 finalists. If any of you are from Nashville give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Second, the new design is just amazing. The Hydrobee turbine battery can now be spun by running water from a faucet or hose, in a stream or river, on a bike, with a pulley, and with a hand-crank. It can also be charged by direct USB power from any source, such as a solar panel. We are now inventing a Thermo-Electric Generator that can be used over a campfire (a cheaper and better design than the Powerpot and similar devices).
We also figured out how to make this affordable for a billion poor people. We are including a SMS message receiver that can disable the Hydrobee battery by sending it a text message. So anywhere there is cell phone coverage, which now includes huge regions in developing world, local people can rent-to-own the Hydrobee, paying a few cents a day. If they don't bring it back or keep paying, the vendor disables it with a text message. This is now being done by a few vendors of solar lamps in Africa and India. If this system works it means a billion people can buy electric devices for the first time. But then they need power from Hydrobee!
Our second 3D printing run has been done, including printing a 2-stage planetary gear so we can spin the generator much faster using slow hydropower or pulleys or cranks. Imagine, we can print a working gearbox in a day.
We are filing our utility patent for USB hydropower and a new patent for the new multi-rotor design. All that takes time and money, which has kept us quiet for these last months.
The Hydrobee will need a lot of field testing before it comes to market because it needs to work in so many settings: in the water, on a bike, on a pole, behind a boat, etc. We will have working models by this summer and hopefully can do another Kickstarter campaign with you all before Christmas.
We really appreciate your support and welcome your input, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
- Burt Hamner, co founder and President, Hydrobee SPC