Coming Soon: The Wind-Up Web Machine

In case you missed it in the Guardian last week, Stephen Fry’s new gadget column was about “Eco” – a wind-up media player from Trevor Baylis, inventor of such great devices as the wind up radio.

It features a 1.8″ screen, and 2 gigabytes of internal memory, which holds around 500 songs, and this can be expanded by adding an SD Memory Card. It’s “Dual Power system” uses an Internal Lithium Ion battery that can be recharged from a PC’s USB port. The “ECO-Dynamo system” provides approx 40 minutes audio play time for each 1 minute of winding up.

Looks wise it does not beat the iPod, but what a great (and green) idea. It has a host of other features, from file storage, misc and video players as well as being able to charge up your phone and incorporating a torch 🙂

How long before he produces a device with a web browser on it, so we can wind up and browse?