Martyn Day passed along a link to SplashPower. The home page shows active people, and my initial scan seemed to indicate a power charger that works on the movement of us. (It turns out there is such a product, but this isn't it.)
No, this is quite different: a technology to recharge all our portable gizmos through induction: lay your MP3 player and other handheld devices on the SpashPower pad, and they are recharged -- no need to plug-in (or carry around) lotsa chargers and cables. If you use a Braun electric toothbrush, the same induction technology is used.
I wanted to learn more about SpashPower, so I clicked the Vision and Products tabs on their home page. Blank screens. Hmmm.... Unfriendly towards the Opera Web brower. Reluctantly starting up the security-deficient Microsoft brower, I learn that devices don't need to be adapted to work with SplashPower.
Like Microsoft, SplashPower aims to become a monopoly: "The Splashpower vision is about every device using the same unifying wireless power solution and charging points being rolled out to a world-wide network of public-access charging hotspots."
How long does it take to recharge handheld devices? Dunno. Does it take longer when two or more devices are on the pad? Dunno.
How much does the recharging pad cost? Dunno. Where can I buy it? Dunno. Will this technology ever make it to market? Dunno: "Exact product launch timescales have not yet been announced."
Martyn sent me this link in early August; two months later, timescales are still unavailable. Not good.