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Nokia gets in the sustainability game, talks up dancing to charge your Lumia

In 2014, there are a lot of cool things. One of those, is not batteries. In fact, they’re downright ancient by comparison to the explosion of mobile tech. To put it another way, there really hasn’t been any new tech in batteries in years, although Qi 1.2 with its resonance charging is a nice step forward.

Nokia has posted a video today, slightly humorous, highlighting the issue. Shot entirely on a Lumia 1020, the video demonstrates how Nokia is working on various technologies to help charge your phone when you’re not near an outlet. The main one featured is a system using kinetic energy that transfers into electricity to charge a battery. It’s a neat idea, but as noted at the end, it still takes some time to charge.

Regardless, it’s great to see Nokia ahead on this issue than many other companies. Of course, in the end it’s about business – and patents – so it’s not entirely a Good Samaritan move, but we like how they’re at least highlighting the problem.

You can read more about Nokia's sustainability efforts on their website (opens in new tab).

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Himanshu C., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

43 Comments
  • Lol
  • How about charging the device while working out like jogging or cycling
  • Wont produce that amount of energy. Start bboying.
  • the girl in the video is amazing :D
  • not as good as that lumia 1520
  • hehe
  • Maybe this is a tease about their up coming Martino WP 8.1, which i believe will be the successor to the 920. 920 introduced Wireless Charging the new one might introduce Kinetic or solar charging...this isnt the first time we've heard nokia experimenting with this
  • Yeah, right
  • This tech is still years from commercial release. If anything, we'll see a Qi 1.2 standard compliant phone first from Nokia, that can be charged by resonance, instead of direct contact.
  • You have a point... what i meant was it might be a simple tease for a new type of wireless charging they might introduce with the upcoming flagship WP 8.1/Lumia not necessarily what they showed in the video cuz they ...either way excited to replace my phone with their 8.1 flagship
  • Are you sure about that? It all depends on a breakthrough, that can happen over a day. Such a breakthrough could easily happen at a giant tech company like Nokia. Who knows. The timing for this campaign is certainly a warm-up for what's coming. It might not be the revolution that's coming, but they might have been able to figure something to get more juice out of it. Perhaps, just as a supplement that could lead to an average of 20% more battery time. I might be too optimistic, but I do not believe in this whole green campaign that Nokia is going for without outputting results the new range of wp8.1 devices coming.
  • First paragraph, I think "stop" was meant to be "step".
  • Unless of course it was a play on Qi's short played goodness.
  • Yes. "The next step forward."
  • Nokia, add more patent to your patent list.
  • I like this chic
  • chic 0.o
  • Yeah she's great. If done right she could be a great icon for a Nokia TV campaign the way Flo for progressive car insurance and the Mayhem guy for Allstate are. She has a unique funny quirky personality and is very memorable which is key. Nokiasoft you listening make her our Flo! :)
  • It's a cool idea. I fully expect at&t to remove it from their inventory.
  • Hahaha!!
  • Lmao
  • Surely there would be more energy available in background EM due to all that WiFi and 4g that could be tapped? Easier than strapping you phone to the dog and tying a biscuit to his tail...
  • Maybe Nokia will release a fitness band that also charges your phone while you run
  • yeah, right, charging my phone via bluetooth or what??
  • Or possibly kinetic energy...you know...what this entire article is highlighting...
  • I don't know about you guys, but this article, had way too many, commas, it was so hard, to read, and sounded like, Christopher Walken was, talking.
  • Whoa. My phone would be charged all day at a festival
  • Love the video and the passion that Nokia has to overcome and try to solve problems. Lets just hope that after Microsoft takes over they won't ruin the spirit of Nokia...
  • they would be incredibly stupid if they didn't...   but wait it's microsoft -.-
  • Can't ruin that Finnish sisu ;)
  • All these are Advanced Technologies. It wont go to MS. MS can use the patents though.
  • rmichael75, you just saved my day. I was thinking the same as mostlymonters. Perhaps we'll see this working on a Samsung Galaxy one day... ;-/  
  • This is what I call "INNOVATION"
  • Nokia really are ahead of the rest when it comes to PR - MS really should pour more money at them and use their talent!!!
  • How about EUR 5.44 billion in cash?
  • Charging your phone through thermal energy generated due to excess gaming will be around the corner, if things keep this pace :P:)
  • Some of these are actually really pretty ingenious: http://www.greendiary.com/15-cellphone-chargers-that-harness-kinetic-energy-for-a-clean-recharge.html
  • Hahahah cool
  • Kiitos! Cute video!
  • Did she just.. Take off her glove to use the 1520?
  • Wouldn't it be easier to just install those into shoes and then go for a run, or would that not press them fast enough? Maybe a few of them on a bike tire?
  • ah, that woman was pleasantly wacked.... and given she misread fifteen percent charge as "almost half charged" l can only imagine she has similar issues with determining length and such.
  •   I hope that they get this or some other similiar technology to work. Plugging phones in to charge is so 90s.