The PowerPot™ is a lightweight generator that converts heat into DC electrical power. Simply add water to the pot and place it on a heat source appropriate for boiling water. The PowerPot™ will immediately start powering mobile electronics. The PowerPot™ comes equipped with a standard USB (5V) port, making it compatible with devices you already have. The cable has three feet of heavy-duty, flame-resistant wire. The solid-state voltage regulator provides up to 5W of power to charge devices.
This is yet another technology that can help bring modest, distributed electricity generation to billions in the developing world. Many of these people have cell phones but often need to walk miles to get their devices charged. As cell phones become smart phones in these regions, and modes of distributed power generation proliferate, the global brain stands to take yet another leap forward.