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Photos: Top tech for the festival season

Charge your phone and find your tent in the dark...
By Tim Ferguson, Contributor on
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Charge your phone and find your tent in the dark...

With the festival season kicking off with Glastonbury this weekend, silicon.com has brought together the most interesting tech O2 and Orange have come up with to improve the festival experience.

This is Orange's Recharge Pod which is being used at Glastonbury. It uses solar and wind power to charge up festival goers' mobile phones. It can charge up to 100 phones at a time.

Picture credit: Orange

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Meanwhile O2, is using pedal power as a green way to keep mobiles going for its customers at the summer festivals.

Gig goers at the O2 Wireless Festival in London's Hyde Park will be able to use three of these bespoke bikes to charge their phones themselves.

Picture credit: O2

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Orange customers can use the GlastoNav service to locate themselves on the festival map using GPS.

They can contact friends to tell them where they are and how long they plan to be there and use it to find their way back to their tent in the dark.

The system also allows people to create a planner for the festival weekend, meaning they know when their favourite bands are on and how to find the right stages.

Picture credit: Orange

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O2 will allow selected guests to access luxury toilets by scanning contactless NFC wristbands on special readers.

The 'VIPee' NFC toilets will be available to 100 existing O2 NFC trial participants along with 200 customers (plus guest) per day. The wristbands will be given out at random by O2 Angels.

Photo credit: silicon.com

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And Orange has come up with yet another way to charge your mobile: the Orange Dance Charge.

With the help of renewable energy specialist GotWind - also responsible for the Orange Recharge Pod - users can strap the device to their arm and charge their phone using kinetic energy created as they throw shapes into the wee hours.

Picture credit: Orange

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