In today’s world of technology, Smartphones,
gadgets and portable devices play a major role in our lives. Smartphones,
especially, perform a myriad functions, serving as our inseparable companions.
But, these are power-hungry devices that
consume a significant amount of electrical energy. The batteries of gadgets
require charge. Smartphone-Batteries tend to use more power when all the
advanced features like GPS, Bluetooth, Auto-sync, Wi-Fi etc are turned
on. But, turning off these features and using the Power-Saving Mode (the
compulsory choice when there’s not much power left) defeats the very purpose of
Last year, NDTV & Huawei had conducted
the ‘I Wish My Smartphone Had” contest in which viewers were invited to send
across their ideas about what features their Smartphones ought to possess,
incorporating which would make their Smartphones even better. The same contest
was judged by Mr.Rajiv Makhni & Mr. Chetan Bhagat. My idea, about Sound
Alarms that inform phone-users of the Charge status in their cells, was amongst
the Top-10 entries - http://www.ndtv.com/micro/huawei/default.aspx
We often allow our phones to continue getting
charged as we have simply forgotten to unplug or aren’t aware when the charging
has been complete. One often misses the display message or tiny beep presently
existent in some phones. I feel very guilty when I waste electricity like this,
Phone-charging can be and should be
environment-friendly. Mobile-phone chargers also consume ‘ghost-power’, if they
are left plugged on even after we have disconnected our phone. How many of us minimize the
electricity-drain by unplugging them? I am sure inductive/solar charging for
phones (in which future phones get all the charge they need from surrounding
power sources & the sun) will be a reality soon. Then, phone-chargers will
become redundant & history! But, till then our concern and efforts are directed to eliminate
power loss & to efficiently use energy.
A major part of Electricity/Power is
generated from non-renewable energy sources. Power saving can mean a lot.
Burning of fossil-fuels like Coal causes about half the emissions of noxious
gases. Our Planet’s health suffers. Renewable energy sources like Wind-energy,
Solar-power etc are being developed.
However, the need of the hour is to be
future-ready and have- effective, efficient, innovative and easy-to-use technologies that
are “available to all, all the time”. João Lammoglia’s ‘AIRE’ Concept, to
recharge gadgets, is an endeavour for this cause.
“The ability to destroy a planet
is insignificant next to the power of a force.” – Darth Vader
João rightly states that the “force” is in
us- you and me. We possess the Human energy that is composed of both Active
energy & Passive Energy. João’s innovation focuses on tapping our body’s
Passive Energy that is responsible for the “Vital Functions”. Future Technology
can work wonders with Heart-beats and Brain activity being put to task!
João emphasizes- “I have a debt to the
planet.” João Lammoglia has designed products to minimise our carbon
footprints, harnessing Passive energy. Passive energy is inherent to our body
and widespread. João’s AIRE Concept is a unique mask to convert our breathing
energy to electricity. Breathing into the mask makes AIRE Mask harness the wind
power using mini turbines. This energy is later transferred to gadgets though
Piezoelectricity is the name of the
technology that makes this conversion. It entails the vibration of our Earth’s
placement into electricity. This literally breathes new life into our gadgets
that too by using air from our own lungs!
Supporting AIRE with flair thanks to the
·Recharging while doing any task- Sleeping,
Reading, Cooking,…Running if we want to charge it faster!
·Full-Lifetime Validity- Breathing is on
24X7! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- Till our last breath!
·Environment-Friendly- Clean with no
side-effects or residues or pollution; Helps Environmental Preservation;
Reduces Carbon-Footprint; Saves Electricity; No need to go anywhere to fetch
the ‘fuel’- breathing here!
·Fuel is Freely Accessible/Available for
all- Present right here, right now!
·Affordable Cost- Mask’s per unit cost will
reduce if there’s mass industry-production
·Save Energy & Reduce Electricity bills-
·Convenience/Ease of use- It is simple and
everyone will easily understand how to employ this innovation
·One-Size Fits All- All people, irrespective
of age-group, can use the AIRE mask
·Can be used indoors or outdoors-
Irrespective of position!
·Can be used in various fields- Medical
area, Aerospace Programs etc.
·Encourages Physical Exercise- Faster Breath
required for more energy!
·Great idea for people on the move- like
travelling salesmen, trekkers or camping enthusiasts who generally find it tough to ensure that their phones remain charged! Electric-power sources to recharge gadgets may not be easily accessible while travelling.
Owing to all the above, it can be widely
used & can prove to be a win-win situation for all.
However, there are some concerns:
Mask is yet to be commercially produced and audience reactions are to be
might have issues accepting it or agreeing to wear a Mask simply for their
gadgets. They might feel it affects their personality or looks! Just for the same reasons, some people avoid wearing Helmets on the roads!
dislike anything that reduces their comfort level as the Mask would cover their
mouth and nose.
Mask may be risky while sleeping. Sleep positions may vary and mask might be dislocated or harmful.
My Idea as Solution:
Incorporating an additional innovation like an air-filter in
the AIRE mask can protect the user from passive-smoking or harmful gases and
pollution!This can serve as an incentive for people to adopt the mask. After all, 'Health is Wealth'. The Multipurpose Mask should have more takers!
The positives shine! The future has
possibilities unlimited for newer and innovative technologies.
João puts across the following to present
“We can be a part of the solution.”
“Ideas are good enough when shared.”
“Ideas can complement each other.”
“Ideas can grow together.”
“Impossible becomes temporary.”
When the said mask becomes more widespread and
there is mass-production and capturing of everyone’s imagination, AIRE will be an
additional smart green solution! It’ll then deserve this dedication-
Breath you take, Every Move you make, I’ll be there with you!”
- Lines from the song “Tum Miley” from the
Hindi film, Criminal.
A wise person has said-
“Life is not about the breaths we take; Life’s about the
moments that take our breath away”.
It is product innovations like AIRE that
gain our awe, take our breath away & literally power up & recharge our
lives & also Planet Earth's health!