The inventor of the wind-up radio is behind a new eco-friendly portable media player which works along the same lines.
Trevor Baylis has joined forces with Ecodigital to launch the Eco Media Player, which gives up to 40 minutes of play time from one minute of winding.
The player’s wind-up mechanism will provide an emergency charge for a mobile phone and the player itself can also be conventionally charged through the USB port of a computer.
It plays music files (MP3, WMA and WAV), has FM stereo radio and a voice recorder.
Movies and videos
You can also watch movies and music videos or look at photos on the 1.8in colour screen and the Eco Media Player comes with 2GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with plug in SD cards.
Trevor Baylis said: ‘My original wind-up radio pioneered a new eco technology that is as relevant and cutting edge today as it was 16 years ago.
‘A new generation has grown up with many electronic devices that were inconceivable when I created my radio.
‘Now we have developed a range of products that combine the best of these modern ideas with the freedom and energy efficiency of wind-up technology.’
Which? technology expert Dave Holes said: ‘Trevor Baylis pioneered the wind-up radio and it’s good to see that technology being applied to different types of product.
‘But, as ever, we won’t know how good it is until we test it – how does it sound, how long does it last and how portable is it? We’ll let you know.’
The Eco Media Player costs £169.99 and pre-orders are being taken now for delivery at the end of this month.