If you ask most journalists what the most exciting product of CES 2011 was, the answer will be a tablet. Most likely the Motorola Xoom. Personally, I find it hard to get too excited about a product we've all been anticipating and reading about for months. There's nothing surprising about the fact that Motorola can build a 10" tablet with good battery life and a dual-core processor.
But one product at CES 2011 actually did shock me. Horizon brought a whole line of hydrogenfuelcell chargers to the show, including a portable generator that uses water to charge dead cells. They have a handheld device that can take a variety of USB attachments (like a flashlight) or charge your smartphone. Since it generates 11 watt hours of power, you can even use this thing to trickle charge a tablet or laptop.
The HydroPak looks like a rock tumbler and charges the little battery-sized fuel cells. It'll set you back $500, but the ability to load your own hydrogen cells to keep juiced on the go is 100% worth it. At least for vagabond nerds like me.
Fluid Computer Systems is also working with Horizon to launch the world's first tablet PC powered entirely by Hydrogen cells. It comes in its own little case with two attached, hot-swappable cells.
There's also an emergency generator that uses a 60 watt disposable fuel cell, and an OEM-built 150 watt generator built for industrial use.
Horizon's line of products is so cool- both in conception and design, that I wouldn't have believed them possible if I hadn't touched them myself. I'm still curious about how well they work, but we'll have to wait until review units start going out to see that.
Here's a full video run-down of their line-up. It's well worth a look, especially of you're a "sustainability geek".
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