We've all seen those crank-powered flashlights at campsites and in home emergency kits. How about a crank-powered thermos that heats your food, potentially eliminating the need for a separate stove? The Vertigo, designed by Nicolas Bernal is just that. The self-contained, heating thermos includes a dynamo top that you crank to create electricity to heat the food held within the thermos. It takes about 3 minutes of cranking to heat up your meal. The shell of thermos is composed of Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT), which can withstand heats of up to 150 degrees C so there's no worry about melting your thermos because of those over-ripped guns. Since the only fuel is you, the Vertigo is by definition quite eco-friendly (no gas emissions, no batteries to throw away).
Bernal, a budding designer, hopes to expand upon the idea and create a solution that can aid in third world countries and in extreme conditions where cooking supplies are limited. It's not hard to see the potential for backpackers, snowshoers and many other outdoor users as well. via Yanko Design