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Power Workout

FYI: Gadget

Dead phone and no outlet in sight? The folks at Uncharted Play, a company that creates power-producing play products to motivate social change, have created the Pulse—a jump rope that can turn 15 minutes of exercise into enough energy to charge your mobile device up to 50 percent.

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But the Pulse is designed to do more than just power small appliances. Each purchase also helps light up the lives of kids in need, providing them with access to Uncharted Play products and curriculum designed to encourage them to invent powerful solutions of their own. Uncharted Play is selling the Pulse for US$129 each, with plans to start shipping in fall 2014. More at unchartedplay.com.

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