Take a Deep Breath

Breathing Powered USB Charger

Fwoevt6F1Oabqa8.MediumJmengel has built a USB charger from an old CD drive, a rubber band (from broccoli!), and a name badge strap. The device stretches when you breathe in and converts the motion into a five volt DC output.

The concept is simple but the making part is a little scary, involving the design of drive trains, circuit boards and lots of fiddly work. This first version only puts out 50mW, which means that you would take around a day to charge a cellphone, but the intention is noble, and there is a Version 2.0 on the way.

Head over to Instructables if you are feeling handy.

Breath powered USB charger [Instructables via Make]