Walk Your Way to a Charged Phone With SolePower Beth Snyder July 13, 2013 It seems like every ten minutes someone is coming up with some means of charging our ever-hungry devices without having to use a wall outlet. Which is actually a good thing, because I assume I can’t be the only one who needs to stick my phone on the charger multiple times per day unless I don’t use it for anything whatsoever. Of course, at the same time, we’re all trying to be environmentally conscious, or at least we should be. Which often leaves us in a conundrum, because using a bunch of electricity to keep our phones charged is not exactly friendly to the environment. There are, of course, any number of power-providing gadgets that also reduce our carbon footprints, such as the Atom Generator which allows you to use the power of your bicycle pedaling to charge your phone, the Switch 8 which uses only solar energy for charging, the nPower Peg II which uses the motions you make while walking to charge devices, AIRE which while still a concept uses your breaths to charge, and even a shoe insert that charges your phone while walking. How, then, is SolePower different? This one has actually advanced to being a Kickstarter project, and they have already reached their funding goal with a few days left on their time limit. This doesn’t mean you can’t get in on this one, though…just head over to Kickstarter and pledge at least $100.00 US, and you will receive the insole, a t-shirt and a bumper sticker. Delivery is expected to be December 2014, so you’ll have to be patient, but this looks to be well worth the wait. As to how it works, it’s pretty simple (well, the actual science behind it is beyond me, but the concept is easy). SolePower is an insole that can be used in any pair of shoes you choose, and it allows you to charge your devices while you wear them. The necessary electricity is generated simply by walking. Just slip SolePower into your shoes, thread the charging leads through your laces, plug the wire into the battery (which can be either fastened around your ankle or clipped to the top of your shoe), and get walking. Once the battery is fully charged, just plug the lead into your device and voila! No more low battery. It’s waterproof and weather-resistant, so no worries about walking in the rain, which also makes it much better than a solar charger which requires sunlight to function. It has been simulated to 100 million steps, which means unless you’re one of those power walkers, you shouldn’t need to replace it for a good long time. Tested on an iPhone, it required just 2.5 to 5 miles of walking to fully charge. This is in alpha testing mode, so right now the electronics are still on a breadboard. But the money raised in this campaign will be used to definitively create the ankle bracelet and to finalize a product that can be mass-produced. For a pledge of $3,000 or more, you will be given the opportunity to go on a camping/hiking trip with the inventors somewhere on the East Coast of the US, and a pledge of $5,000 or more will get you a camping/hiking trip anywhere in the continental US. Of course, not everyone is going to be able to pledge those higher amounts, but remember…just $100 gets you an insole and ankle bracelet come next December. Source: Oh Gizmo Share This With The World!