A SOLEful Walk
With the earlier post we discovered how every step counts towards an energy secure future and its still not time to stop. With the idea of harvesting energy through the sole it’s time to keep walking. SolePower, an energy harvesting company brings an effortless solution to the problem of worldwide energy crisis.
A regular looking yet extraordinary shoe designed by Solepower lets you harvest energy by simply wearing it. Each time you walk, the insert optimizes the energy in the user’s step by producing power during both the impact and swing phases of a user’s step. The entire device is fit into the insole of the shoe and can’t be felt by the user. There are 2 parts to it – the power-generating insert you step on and the battery holster that stores the power while you walk.
To utilize the stored power, you can remove the batteries and plug it to any charging port with a USB adaptor. This energy can be utilized to charge small electronic devices. This innovative idea is a great way to capitalize on the energy which is otherwise lost to the surroundings.
The first prototype was developed at the Carnegie Mellon University, as part of a capstone mechanical engineering design project. SolePower was founded by Matthew Stanton and Hahna Alexander in September, 2012.
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