Cyclists can recharge smartphone during riding
Changwon City recently obtained a patent for Nubija public bicycles’ power generation system from the Korean Intellectual Property Office. The new scheme enables bicycle riders to recharge smartphones while cycling, a city government spokesperson said.
The “Herb Dynamo,” a small power generator, is installed on the front wheel of bicycles. Riders can recharge smartphones with power generated while riding. Previously, power was supplied only to the front and rear light emitting devices. Now, power can be supplied to smartphones as well as light-emitting devices, the spokesperson said.
In addition to the patent for Nubija public bicycles’ power generation scheme, the Changwon City administration submitted to the intellectual property office patent applications for two more items. They are the bicycle rental system and a device to manage bicycle rental fees via smartphones. The city is expected to obtain patents for the two in September, the spokesperson said.
An official in charge of bicycle policy at the city government said, “We applied for patents to win intellectual property rights as the Nubija public bike system, which the city developed on its own, has many creative technologies.”
The measure will help not only prevent possible imitation of the Nubija technology but also profit from patent sales, the official said.