Does it seem like someone is always in need of a little juice for this or that device? And someone is always scrambling over finding a charger or a plug?
This idea for the next big thing is a variation on charging stuff using an alternative energy source, like the sun, but in this case the source of power is…you! SolePower is a walking (or running? how about skipping?) powered charger for your devices. It was developed at Carnegie Mellon’s engineering department as a student project that ended up being funded on Kickstarter.
All you’ve got to do is plug into a battery installed on an insert in your shoe. The energy created when you take a step is converted into usable energy that is stored in a rechargeable battery. The ultimate goal is to be able to charge an iPhone with two and a half miles of walking, which may seem like a lot, until you go on any kind of hike and end up with a dead battery.
So what do you think? Is charging up with your shoes the NBT? Vote in the poll and share your thoughts now!