Thursday, June 6, 2013
Charge your cell phone while walking? Just ask SolePower
We’ve been following SolePower from some time now, from an elevator pitch last year at an MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh event through AlphaLab and Demo Day. Now the team has a live Kickstarter campaign to try to raise $50,000 to further push product development.
The company is developing a shoe insert that can take the energy generated from walking and turn it into usable electricity that can be used to power portable electronics. By creating a shoe insert, the device can be used in any shoe instead of the built-in-shoe varieties that are also floating around out there.
The insert charges a battery that can then be used to charge a cell phone. The team is working to make sure that a phone can be charged after 2.5 miles of walking.
The Kickstarter campaign is just looking to raise a small portion of the $500,000 the team said it was seeking at Demo Day. So far the prototype has been made by the team members at TechShop Pittsburgh...Read more»
By: Malia Spencer