Sony's Hand-Crank Radio

Here's another "personal power charger" to add to the list. New from Sony (but only available in Japan starting June 10th) is a hand-crank portable AM/FM radio. Like the Eton Crank Radio, the ICF-B01 also comes with a cell phone charger. An LED flashlight is included as well for those 911's. We think this little gadget is great for emergencies, but we're not sure it's made to be used otherwise. One minute of cranking only provides up to one hour of AM reception, 40 minutes of FM and a cell phone charge that lasts for just 3 minutes. Nevertheless, it's nice to see a big company like Sony take a step in the right direction. Thanks for the tip, Shanti K.! Via ::Far East Gizmos