An Ottawa-based company has developed an environmentally friendly and portable power charger for handheld devices like the smart phone, iPod and Nintendo, that eliminates the need for disposable batteries.
The Kiwi U-Powered device, built by eco-friendly developer of consumer electronics Kiwi Choice Inc., can be powered by sunlight by way of three solar panels, a USB port or a car charger. The device has a capacity of 2,000mAh – enough to charge an average handheld device twice – and retains the power for the life of the charger, said the company’s CEO Alia Banna.
“There are lot of environmentally friendly products and some of them are not very useful, some of them are very pricey,” said Banna. “We tried to work out the different pieces of the puzzle.”
Banna, who always had an interest in green product research, said the goal was to make genuine difference with an product that was both usable and affordable, rather than merely “riding the eco-friendly way.”
Banna is among a handful of Canadians nominated this year for the ITAC 10th Annual IT Hero Awards, which recognize the creative application of IT to significantly improve the lives of Canadians and demonstrate social and economic benefit.
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ComputerWorld Canada will feature several nominees in the weeks preceding the unveiling of the winners on June 22. Banna is nominated in the Corporate IT Hero Awards category sponsored by Research in Motion Ltd. There is also a Community IT Hero Award category sponsored by Innovapost Inc.