A new technology called “electrowatting” can literally allow people to charge their phone, or other devices, while walking.
Normally, when walking, we lose any extra energy that we generate. However, according to sources, this technology harnesses the excess heat that we generate and converts it into electricity.
A small panel placed at the bottom of a shoe is all that’s needed to generate up to 20 watts of power, simply by walking. That’s more than enough power to keep a cell phone charged, or other small devices. When combined with a tiny battery pack, energy that you work up when moving can be stored when you take a rest, or stop at a crosswalk.
It’s highly possible that person could carry a small wireless transmitter with them and have full access to the internet. Other devices such as a laptop, flashlights or even light bulbs can be powered through this method as well.
The researchers behind the project believe that their technology could find a useful application for the military, in an effort to lessen the equipment burden of soldiers. As well, they are hoping that it could find its way to developing nations as a way to offer inexpensive power and electricity.
The technology is still in it’s early stages of development, but it’s quickly moving towards becoming accessible. The researchers behind the project, have recently formed a company called In Step NanoPower to help them bring the technology to a wider audience. The technology certainly seems like it’s commercially viable, so it seems like it’s just a matter of waiting at this point. I’m not sure about you, but I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t have to rely on a bulky old wall charger for my cell phone.
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