Survival electronics: Eton's new TurboDyne Series
Outdoor electronics specialist Etón Corporation has expanded its line of American Red Cross branded products with the new TurboDyne Series. We checked out the three new self-powered emergency preparedness devices – the Road Torq, Axis and Rover – at CES 2011.
The Road Torq
Etón’s first auto accessory – the Road Torq – is a self-powered spotlight and flashing beacon that's designed to help you keep safe and get you out of trouble in the event of a car breakdown. The wind-up device features a 1W LED and a retractable tripod which allows it to be used as a regular flashlight or placed on the road as a flashing beacon to warn passing motorists of your predicament. According to Eton, 1min of cranking yields 15min of spotlight and flashing beacon usage and the LED is a also hinged so that the beam can be positioned at the optimum angle.
The Axis is a compact AM/FM/NOAA emergency weather radio unit that can be powered-up in three ways: hand-cranking, via three AAA batteries or DC power. It includes four white LED lights and one flashing red LED light along with direct USB power transfer, a 3.5 mm headphone output, auxiliary input and a telescopic antenna.
The third new addition to the company;'s American Red Cross line-up is the Rover. Basically a more compact version of the Axis (except that it relies solely on wind-up power), the Rover includes an AM/FM/NOAA emergency weather radio, an LED light source, direct USB power transfer to charge cell phones and 3.5 mm headphone output.Like other products in Eton's American Red Cross range, a portion of proceeds from each sale of the goes to the American Red Cross.
“Our long-standing partnership with the American Red Cross enables us to provide products that help our friends and families stay prepared for unexpected situations,” says Esmail Hozour, CEO of Etón Corporation. “Our new TurboDyne Series represents a new design and increased functionality, and we are proud to help support the efforts of the Red Cross with its introduction.”
The Road Torq, the Axis and the Rover are due for release this year, but there's no word yet on exact availability or pricing details.
Eton has also recently announced a partnership with the Canadian Red Cross.