September 13, 2013

The NBT: SolePower


Scott: Now, it is Friday, so you know what that means. It is time for you to help us discover the next big thing! Now, let’s go way back – way, way back – to last week.

We told you about the AirBurr, a flying robot that mimics the way insects fly. It is designed to be more durable. But did you think it is the next big thing?

Thirty-six percent of you said, ‘Yes, let’s fly away!’ But sixty-four percent of you said, ‘No. Buzz off!’

Now, I have never been one for wasted energy, so let’s put a foot in the right direction with this week’s Next Big Thing: SolePower!

SolePower is an idea that comes from an engineering project from Carnegie Mellon University. And well, the core of it comes from the bottom of your shoe. It is a simple step-by-step process. Plug your electronic device into the battery located on your sole, and then take a hike! The amount of energy you use by taking a step is converted into usable energy which is stored in a rechargeable battery. SolePower’s goal is to be able to fully charge an iPhone in two-and-a-half miles of walking.

And if the product takes off, it could also potentially help out in developing nations, disaster zones, and even be used by the military.

So, what do you think? Is walking to charge the next big thing? Well, you can weigh in over at


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