The Biolite HomeStove burns fuel, in the form of wood kindle and tinder, in a clean and efficient way. It also includes a USB charging port. This is important because in Africa alone, there are 500,000,000 active mobile phones, and by 2020, every single citizen of the continent is likely to own a mobile device. Including a USB charger, which feeds off of the heat this stove provides, makes this a revolutionary device for the developing world.
….you want to power a whole continent? ok
Cool device. But um, isn’t most of the continent of Africa is just as modernized as the rest of the world?
I don’t think I like the implication that people living in the different African countries have to use twigs to power their cell phones. CELL PHONES. O_o
Right, like we’re savages or something?
I think people in Asia, Europe, Australia North and South America would want to use this too.
[The image is a small, steel half-cylinder with a smaller, plastic half-cylinder on the front. It sits on three low-sloping legs. ‘BioLite’ is written on the plastic part. An iPhone is plugged into it, charging. A pile of small twigs sit beside it.]
It would be handy in my neighborhood. We have above-ground power lines and large, aging trees. A big storm could put one of these on every porch for several days. What a clever thing! I love seeing people invent things that solve real problems, rather than creating “need” through advertising. I wish I had that kind of ingenuity. Engineers and designers are awesome.