Camping used to be about getting back to nature: Clean air, beautiful scenery and a roaring fire. Yet more and more of us expect to use technology wherever and whenever we like. How then, to square getting back to nature with updating your Instagram or Twitter feed?
One company has designed a device that allows campers to stay happy and keep in touch with civilization. Californian start-up Stower has developed the FlameStower, a portable device that charges cell phones using energy from fire, including campfires, stoves and barbecues.
The FlameStower is for "Anybody who has a mobile handset and who has times when they don't have access to grid-based electricity or reliable electricity," Andrew Byrnes, co-founder and CEO of Stower, told CNBC last week.
The device weighs only 10 ounces and charging one for 20 minutes should give users 40 minutes of "phone time."