I love the hi/lo of a device you crank in order to receive a message from another device floating in space. More Gibson than Gibson.
As part of XM Satellite Radio’s expanded EAS initiative, XM is working to develop a crank-powered satellite radio receiver that would allow listeners to receive signal during power outages. So during emergency situations where terrestrial radio networks are down and cell phone networks are rendered useless, you’ll be able to receive emergency notices without any power source. XM’s Emergency Alert Channel (XM 247) is received free-of-charge to any XM receiver. So even non-subscribers have the capability of getting timely updates in disaster situations. :: Via Hugg and Orbitcast