If you needed convincing that we’re headed for a future of wearable tech, look no further. A new Kickstarter campaign looks to take a different approach with regards to charging your wireless device. It’s called SolePower – a power generating shoe insert that promises to capture the energy in a step and convert it to usable electrical energy that is stored in a rechargeable battery. This battery can then be connected to any portable device for a quick recharge on the go.
The company behind the project claims it changes everything because for the first time, people can be constantly mobile without having to worry about their device running out of juice. It isn’t dependent on weather conditions like solar solutions and doesn’t require the user to be stationary like crank flashlights.
SolePower started as a senior design project at Carnegie Mellon University before snowballing into something that has a serious shot at becoming a real product. At present, the goal is to fully charge an iPhone with just 2.5 miles of walking – the average amount of walking a person does in a day. But they need your help to make it a reality.
The campaign is roughly $12,000 away from reaching its $50,000 goal with just nine days left. You’ll need to plop down at least $100 to guarantee you’ll be one of the first to receive a SolePower insole once it ships in December 2014.
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