Charge your phone step by step
VIBRAM, the Italian shoe company famous for its Fivefingers shoes and Megagrip soles, has unveiled its first shoe prototype that is able to convert and use energy to charge your mobile phone.
The shoe’s technology has been developed exclusively by Vibram, which has worked with the IIT ( Italian Institute of Technology), the Centre for Micro- BioRobotics in Pontedera, Italy, and with InStep NanoPower, a US company that specialises in nanotechnology and renewable energy.
Together they have helped to develop a shoe which can store and convert the enere gy produced from movement, in this s case e walking, and use it to charge variou us devices s including a mobile phone.
The shoe works with an integ grated system in the midsole of the shoe whi hich converts the energy to power an inter ernal electronic device.
Walking at a standardd speed generates on average one watt of energy, with eight hours of walking enough to charg ge your smartphone and prevent it from dyin ing on you whi hile out and about. ut.
The power gennerated is also affected by the weight of the user, his or her walking speed and the load carried, so walk faster, and you’ll generate more energy.
The system also self- powers an electronic chip which uses Bluetooth to communicate with a special Android application to send users information on their walking, including number of steps, foot temperature, and geolocation, as well as information on that all important battery level to make sure you stay connected to the world via your smartphone.
And in addition to charging up your phone, there is even a micro USB port on the shoe which can use the system’s stored energy to charge external devices.
And Vibram believes that the shoe’s charging abilities have more far- reaching implications than simply powering up your smartphone.
This power reserve – combined with the system’s continuous geolocation abilities – c could help emergency teams, such as firemenn and special forces.
Vibram ram also believes the system could possibly use the stored energy to produce hea eat, something that could be of benefi efit to users in harsh, inclemen nt weather conditions.
It presente ted its first smart shoe back in 20 2015. A collaboration between Vibr ibram and Chinese tech company any Lenovo, the shoe used d a GPSpowered navigation system m which recorded data from the users which could then be communicated with Lenovo devices. – AFP Relaxnews
The shoe e will enera ate more pow wer for your ph hone the faste er you walk. — V Vibram