Charge your phone step by step

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

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

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