Sunday, 3 February 2008

USB Parasite

An interesting example of parasitic design has been created by Moixa Energy Ltd which has designed a battery which recharges on a USB port on your laptop. This seems to be one of the the most useful examples within the current craze of ‘USB gadgets’. Rather than a useless ‘plug in race car’ or ‘miniature musical keyboard’, this enables the user to ‘steal’ energy from their computer and by doing this ‘provide consumers with better solutions for their mobile or home power requirements that are more usable, economic and environmentally friendly’. This is an interesting mode of energy transfer and there seems a lot of possibilities with similarly actually useful and well designed objects.

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