Rather than waste the power, that each thud of a hiker’s heel releases, Matt Stanton created a shoe insole that stores it as electricity.
Stanton worked together with Hahna Alexander, over three years to create the SolePower system, which can produce enough energy to illuminate a light bulb.
According to the designers:
1) A drivetrain converts the energy of heel strikes into rotational energy, spinning magnetic rotors.
2) The motion of the rotors induces an electrical current within coils of wire.
3) Electricity travels along a wire and into a lithium-ion polymer battery pack on a wearer’s shoelaces.
Their company Sole Power LLC spend up to now for the development the sum of $300,000.
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