Hands-free and hassle-free
Imagine a bag that can charge and power a cellphone or tablet without being connected to a wall socket.
It sounds ludicrous, right? But it is a reality, and a prototype of the Aeon Power Bag will be available in the next few weeks.
The bag was developed by nuclear physicist Shalton Mothwa from Hammanskraal.
Mothwa, who studied nuclear physics at the University of Johannesburg, came up with the concept in 2011.
“It was a challenge to work efficiently and effectively because my old laptop and cellphone had charger and battery problems,” he said.
“The solution I had in mind was to replace the alternating current adapters and the battery with a medium that would provide that freedom to power my device per location and time.”
So how does the Aeon Power Bag work? Simply put, the bag turns radio signals (Wi-Fi and LTE) into electric energy that can be used to wirelessly charge your cellphone or tablet. Inside the bag is a USB charging slot that is compatible with most mobile devices, so you can charge your device on the go. The bag itself charges so the user doesn’t have to power it up before use.
It has been a long developmental journey for the Aeon Power Bag, but Mothwa is confident that everything will be in place soon.
“We are making progress with the product and other aspects of the business. We are currently finalising the prototyping and hope to be done by late February or early in March,” he said.
The good news is that his invention has caught the eye of innovative companies including Red Bull, which has an entrepreneurship academy that Mothwa attended.
“I have received massive support for my company since the inception of the idea,” he said. “We are currently working with the Technology Innovation Agency, the Tshwane University of Technology and the SABS Design Institute. Red Bull and venture capital firms have also expressed an interest in funding this project,” he said.
When asked if he was planning to develop the idea and sell the patent, he said: “The main plan is to build a selfsustainable business that can be listed, merged or acquired over time.”
The future is definitely looking bright for Mothwa and his Aeon Power Bag.
Shalton Mothwa and the Power Bag