Singing in the shower to get greener

You've heard of the wind-up radio, now there's the shower radio - powered by nothing other than the water pressure provided by household showers.

The innovative radio, the world's first water powered radio, does not need batteries and uses energy efficient micro turbine technology.

The FM radio, is powered through the motion of water flowing through a small micro turbine; driving a generator that creates energy to power the radio. The radio dispenses with the need for disposable batteries, as the integral battery recharges as the shower runs.

The radio turns on automatically when the shower is used and memorises the last chosen radio station and speaker volume, so no need to get soap suds all over it.

The radio also allows users to carry on listening after the shower is turned off, using any excess energy stored in an integral Ni-Mh rechargeable cell.

The radio is waterproof and slots directly onto the faucet of the shower.

The radio is produced and the technology patented by H2O™ design labs owned by the Tango Group.

Tango Group managing director, Vivain Blick, said: "Having seen huge success with the commercialisation of the Wind-Up Radio; we were constantly looking into new ways that further innovations in the radio sector could be made.

"Creating the now-patented micro turbine technology, that allows the radio to operate solely through the flow of water, was the key to our new innovation; and thus the world's first water-powered shower radio was created."

A triumph for innovation and energy efficient technology, but possibly a step back for suffers of spouses who sing in the shower! Alison Brown



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