14 May '12, 3pm

Device Turns Your Sneaker into a Portable Cell Phone Charger

Device Turns Your Sneaker into a Portable Cell Phone Charger

We write a lot about solar powered gadgets and chargers , but the reality is there is also a ton of power to harness from our own bodies. Piezoelectric chargers pop up every now and then but this one seems especially promising. At the first ever Kenyan Science Technology and Innovation Week, 24-year-old inventor Anthony Mutua showed off a technology that uses your shoe to charge your cell phone or other gadgets while you walk. We most often hear of kinetic energy harvesters embedded in sidewalks , floors or revolving doors, but this idea lets you take that energy harvesting wherever you go. As CNET reports , Mutua inserted a very thin "crystal chip" in a sneaker that generates energy as the sole bends. The device connects to your phone via a long cable so you can charge your phone in your pocket while you stroll, or alternatively, the device can store power for charging yo...

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