wireless and unbatteried

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recharging in the sunTrevor Bayliss is an inventor of   heroic proportions  here in the UK.   He invented the wind-up radio.   Portable and with no need for chemically based, environmentally damaging, batteries.

My fabulous hand-crank radio also includes a solar panel.   I’ve never yet had to wind it up because the light in the Wendy House conservatory keeps it going longer than any duracell battery would….    

I do occassionally wind it up because, like the gravity-powered exit,  the action is very pleasing.   Pleasing is more than the ‘satisfactory’ experience required to establish conformance with usability standards.

I tried to complete a ‘System Usability Scale’   (SUS) for my fabulous radio    incase I meet and usability people that would like to know,   in numbers, exactly how fabulous it is.    Unfortunately I was  unable to complete the SUS because  I don’t know what ‘integrated functionality’ is and am confused by the concept of an ‘inconsistent’ product,   so I couldn’t answer questions that included  these things.      I’ll just tell the usability people its a 7000 on the SUS scale,   they’ll get the general idea.

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3 bits of lovely banter on “wireless and unbatteried”

  1. Kevin writes:

    The solar battery’s a must. I can only muster up enough wind-up power for about five minutes’ worth of digital radio (about an hour of Radio 4 on proper wireless)



  2. :: Wendy :: writes:

    think of the value to your wrist-miscles of extended radio-4 wind-up listening…. cross benefits



  3. Kevin writes:

    I’m not as young as I used to be



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