Crank calls

Designer Andre Minoli crafted this innovative prototype for Motorola to address that very issued. Dubbed the PVOT concept phone, the unit operates on a single AA rechargeable battery and features a flip handcrank. While a single AA battery won’t provide much talk time, 25 cranks on the flip handle will provide a single minute of talk time.

No doubt busy Wall Street types have better things to do than spend their days cranking away. On the other hand, for the vast majority of the world’s population who still view electricity as a privilege (as opposed to a right), this thing offers true utility.

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