Sony brought its Odo range to Europe yesterday to show off the company's green credentials. Aimed primarily at educating children in the Ways of Eco, we didn't let that stop us – and got hands-on with the five gadgets powered by a mixture of kinetic and solar energy.
Reminding us of the fish-eating bathtime hippo we had as a sprog, the Pull N' Play stereo headphones (above) have an inbuilt FM radio and will give you one minute of music for every time you pull the cord.
The Spin N' Snap is a digital camera you power up by inserting your fingers in the eyepieces and twiddling it madly round your digits. This will give it enough power for one snap, but you won't be able to preview your eco-portrait as a screen has been sacrificed to cut down on energy use.
The Crank N' Capture video camera is a wind-up camcorder, running along the same lines as a Trevor Baylis radio. It won't give you Spielberg-quality pictures though; rather flipbook-style playback.
The PushPowerPlay photo and video viewer gets its juice by being run back and forth along the ground, and will display photos and videos from the Spin N' Snap and Crank N' Capture.
Finally, the solar-powered Juicebox battery will fit all of the above, giving you a squeeze more energy from its solar panels.
The Odo range is only a concept at the moment, but we were rather charmed by its simple design and planet-friendly energy cost. Sony told us they wanted to "provoke discussion" with the Odos, rather than actually make working models.
So here's our input to the discussion: we want them now!