Harvesting Shoe Power

A new wearable technology uses the energy we generate while going about our daily business.

Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar on May 19, 2010.

Dr. Ville Kaajakari of Louisiana Tech University has developed a technology that harvests power from a small generator embedded in the sole of a shoe. It’s based on new voltage regulation circuit that converts a piezoelectric charge into voltage for charging batteries or powering electronic devices. The shoe power generator is made up of a soft polymer transducer that matches the properties of regular shoe fillings and hence, can replace a standard heel shock absorber. Kaajakari says that the shoe can be used to power RF transponders and GPS receivers.

Earlier this year, PSFK had reported a similar technology – sidewalk panels that harvest pedestrian power to illuminate street lights.

Shoe Power Generator

[via Talk2myshirt]