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The patent-pending Hydrobee is a USB battery pack that is charged by multiple free natural energy sources, including water from a faucet, hose or pipe, streams and rivers, bicycles and carts, hand-cranks, belt drive pulleys, solar panels and thermal energy. Anyone with the right natural energy source can charge this battery pack, and then use the battery to charge their cell phone or to power LED lights all night.
-Output: 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 5Vx2A, 8000 mAh
-Size: Same as a (USA) standard 12-oz soda can. Weight: 1 lb.
-Charging time: 3-4 hours depending on the energy resource. 3 hours using USB 3.0.
The StreamBee is our first accessory charger. It charges the Hydrobee from natural streams, rivers or waterfalls. The StreamBee holds the Hydrobee turbine in its plastic floating body, which has a external propeller attached to the Hydrobee rotor in the can. The flowing water spins the propeller and the Hydrobee internal generator to charge the batteries. You can put the StreamBee in a natural stream and do something else for a few hours, then return and take the StreamBee out of the water, and take the Hydrobee out of the StreamBee body. Then you have a full “can of juice” for powering your phone or LED lights.
COMING SOON: NetBee
The PowerBee is mobile-enabled for a GSM cell phone / text messaging chip, Bluetooth, or other telecommunication technology. We are developing the NetBee accessory that enables the Powerbee to become a node in a wireless mesh network which can be vital for communications in blackouts, or for creating self-powered Local Area Networks. In the event of a big blackout, a PowerBee or two on every block can be a wireless internet transmitter and relay, allowing cell phones to reach a distant cell tower otherwise unavailable. The NetBee’s open-source Arduino micro-computer and circuit board allows hackers to equip it with a video camera, motion detector, environmental sensors, GPS or any other programmable micro-electronic device. A cell phone app to control functions can be downloaded direct from the PowerBee by USB cable to a smart phone or PC. Hydrobee SPC Adviser, Frank Sanborn, leads our development of this application.
In a city with no electricity, a PowerBee with NetBee and charging accessories in every building can create mesh communications powered by free renewable energy, even if there is no sunshine.
A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a communications network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology. Wireless mesh networks often consist of mesh clients, mesh routers and gateways. The mesh clients are often laptops, cell phones and other wireless devices while the mesh routers forward traffic to and from the gateways which may, but need not, connect to the Internet. The coverage area of the radio nodes working as a single network is sometimes called a mesh cloud. Access to this mesh cloud is dependent on the radio nodes working in harmony with each other to create a radio network. A mesh network is reliable and offers redundancy. When one node can no longer operate, the rest of the nodes can still communicate with each other, directly or through one or more intermediate nodes. Wireless mesh networks can self form and self heal. Wireless mesh networks can be implemented with various wireless technology including 802.11, 802.15, 802.16, cellular technologies or combinations of more than one type.
From LDLN (pronounced “Landline”): “In the wake of a natural disaster, the physical infrastructure of any affected region is compromised, leading to a severe crippling of the information and communications infrastructure. This leads to an inability to efficiently gather feedback from local communities in need, and ultimately to a poor distribution of resources and a lack of data needed to foster resilience going forward. LDLN is a New York company that makes use of open source software and Raspberry Pi – a low-cost, low-powered computer – that act as an information hub in order to solve the problem of the allocation of resources and the tracking of missing individuals in the wake of natural disaster when physical communication infrastructure is damaged.
Low-cost, low-powered computers act as information hubs to empower people moving back and forth to act as communication lines, supplementing the compromised physical infrastructure. Raspberry Pi devices on the ground allow automated syncing from offline mobile apps that can be used to collect information from survivors. Once information is recorded to the hub, daisy-chained Pi hubs sync to the Internet and can integrate with any third-party data source or services provider.”
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