The name Burt goes well with bees, and Burt's black & yellow Hydrobee product not only generates clean energy anywhere that water flows, but is delivered in the shape of a soda can - one of the most penetratively delivered items on the planet.
At SxSW V2V 2014 last week at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NotImpossibleNow editor Elliot Kotek caught up with HydroBee founder/inventor Burt Hamner.
The winner of SXSW V2V's Innovative World Technologies contest last week, the Hydrobee initially provided a way to transform running water into a clean personal USB power source. However, the product has since been extended to enable power to be harvested from nature's other elements as well - wind, sun, fire... and bicycles.
Able to be produced with 3D printed components, and adaptable with anything that helps it "spin," the Hydrobee's generating power and some significant buzz (sorry, we had to, come on, it's a bee!).
Check out the conversation in the video above, in which Hamner notes the amount of USB power being purchased by those in the lowest socio-economic states, and the difference that Hydrobee's $10 to $20 can-sized solution could deliver to developing economies.
The company is kicking off an Indiegogo campaign over the summer to help with its initial launch. Stay tuned.