What it is
There are a lot more possibilities to generate electricity than most of us know about. We all know that we can use nature to generate power to make our machines work but we also can use ourselves in different ways. With every movement electricity is released because every movement requires energy. We get our energy from food, water and ‘mental’ energy from the good en fun things in life. When we transform this into an act like walking or talking, energy is released.
These examples show you that everything is possible in the future as regards energy. First we have the Power Pockets. They make use of the difference in temperature between the human body and the air outside in order to generate energy. This energy can then be used to empower your smartphone or another gadget. The first prototypes are already tested and can be used to put in your pocket or sleeping back. Ideal for a festival weekend!
The second is example is a small battery, a very small one because it fits perfectly in your wallet and you also have the opportunity to store some data on it.
These SolePower soles use your steps to generate electricity. According to the makers of the high-tech soles, a walk of four kilometers is enough to fully charge your Iphone. Awesome!
Why I think it is cool
I think this is very cool because these are only a few examples of empowering your own gadgets with ‘self-made’ energy. We become more aware of what can be used to provide electricity. This is very sustainable because while we live we always walk, talk, move and thus produce energy. Why not making use of it?? And because we now have the resources and science to make products that are easy to use by all of us, we do this more often and more easily.
These products are also very interesting for us as ‘normal’ people. Those products are not very expensive and also very simple to carry them with you. This makes it more easy to make use of it. And because every human being is naturally curious, we want to know how it works. So when you have a Power Pocket you automatically want to provide your own energy so you will keep it with you to see how it works. The same thing with the SolePower, you want to run to use your Iphone. So it is like a sort trigger for people and it has aroused our curiosity! The Urban Nomad always needs electricity so this could be THE solution!
Source 1: http://freshgadgets.nl/power-pockets-laad-je-smartphone-op-met-lichaamswarmte
Source 2: http://freshgadgets.nl/accu-met-opslagruimte-past-in-je-portemonnee
Source 3: http://freshgadgets.nl/solepower-zolen-die-je-smartphone-opladen