Shoes that can be used for CHARGING: Footwear produces sufficient power to recharge phone as you walk
Everyone encounter situation when they badly need to use the smartphone and its battery runs out. This problem however will be solved shortly, thanks to the development of an insole that converts steps into electricity. According to SolePower Ensoles they’ll soon provide two-and-a-half hours to recharge phone from a one-hour walk – and they could soon be sold in shops. The insoles under development are intended to fit inside everyday shoes.
They attach to a power pack fitted outside the shoe, and accumulates kinetic energy utilizing a mechanism that converts linear motion – generated while walking – into rotational motion, which has the ability to spin a generator. Davit Davitian, head of business development for SolePower, explained: ‘Our EnSoles have an embedded mechanical system inside of them, which is what generates the electricity. ‘During the heel strike the kinetic energy of the foot is transferred into the mechanical system, which uses it to spin a micro-generator.’
This generator helps to boost power in an external battery pack attached via a cable, named a PowerPac, tied onto the laces so it sits on top of a shoe. It consists of a USB port, permitting an array of items to charge off it, which includes smartphones. Mr Davitian said: ‘The PowerPac is attached to the shoelaces, as you walk you are charging the PowerPac. ‘When you wish to recharge phone, you simply detach the PowerPac from your shoelaces and plug into the available USB port.’
SolePower is in fact a spin-out from Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, that obtained $60,000 (£38,591) of money from a 2013 Kickstarter campaign. The insole is in the design phase, but the company is looking to launch it ‘as soon as possible’.
Previously, a couple of attempts were made to harness power produced by walking in order to charge devices. In 2013, mechanical engineering students from Rice University in Houston, Texas, developed a prototype shoe with the ability to recharge phone. Their PediPower shoes were designed for the purpose of charging medical equipment in remote areas of the world – and featured a shoe-mounted generator in contrast with an insole. The prototypes generated an average of 400 milliwatts, which is sufficient to charge a battery through what looked like a metal heel, attached to the back of the shoe.
POWER DRESSING RECHARGE PHONE: BELT HAS BUILT-IN CHARGER TO BOOST SMARTPHONES
A Manchester-based company called Nifty is running a fund-raising campaign on a crowd funding website Indiegogo to put its leather XOO Belt into production. It appears to be a normal belt, but can recharge phone while they are safe in a user’s pocket, because the buckle integrates a charger that is held in place by magnets therefore it can easily be connected and disconnected. The belt offered in black and brown, can be charged up like a typical smartphone by using a USB cable and has sufficient power to charge an iPhone 6 from scratch or ‘pretty much any device’ in about three hours.
The cable is hidden behind the leather part of the belt, which itself accommodates a new type of flexible battery, which its makers assert is the first of its kind in wearable technology. Six overlapping layers of this Lithium Ceramic Polymer flexible battery are sandwiched between the belt leather. According to the company it is weather resistant and durable.
HOW DO THE ENSOLES WORK?
The shoes are fitted with the insoles, whereas the wire is wrapped through the laces. The charging wire from the insole is plugged into the battery pack, that rests outside the shoe – either clipped around the ankle, or fastened onto the top of the footwear. Electricity is generated via an embedded mechanical system inside the soles.
As the heel strikes with each step, kinetic energy of the foot is transferred into the mechanical system. The energy is used-up to spin a micro-generator. Walking an hour can generate two-and-a-half hours’ worth of power for a smartphone. The fully-charged battery pack can be unclipped from the shoe and connected to a smartphone, or other device using a USB cable.
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