Jan 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm #1298386
Hey all I'm currently developing a product that generates power while people walk. I've been hiking for years now and know how problematic it can be to run out of power at an inconvenient time. The device would slip into a boot and would be incorporated into a replaceable insole. If you have a few seconds and could fill out the survey below I'd really appreciate it, or feel free to post general comments on the idea.
Happy TrekkingJan 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm #1946977
Already worried about the insole part. Not only do you have constant exposure to impact and moisture, everyone's feet are different and everyone wants different insoles. I wear two different insoles in my left and right boot, for instance.
I would make it something that attaches to the ankle or something instead. Or the top of the boot?Jan 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm #1946979
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
The military has looked at this extensively. Their needs for power are much greater than BPers. If I run out of juice in my cellphone, I can't post on FB. If HQ doesn't know a squad's location, they might drop a 500-pound bomb on them.
Focus on long-distance hikers, not on day hikers. You just can't beat an extra lithium battery bought for $1.76 on eBay out of Taiwan. Even for a week or two, I'd just bring 2 or 4 extra batteries.
More bad news: if we go to Ethiopia for some Doctors Without Border gig, I'm packing a solar panel. So the Venn diagram of this application is pretty small – moving far each day, great distances between re-supplies, deep pocket, but no sun, no wind, and no current.Jan 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm #1946983
Richard FischelBPL Member
as mentioned above, insoles to many are fairly personal and hiker/boot-shoe specific items. i use insoles as part of my boot-fit, sock combination package. I use diffrent insoles in the four pairs of boots i wear and none in my trail runners. i can only imagine the cabling will be a pia.
good luckJan 25, 2013 at 10:32 am #1947188
Simon WursterBPL Member
@einsteinLocale: Big Apple
It doesn't have to work well. All he has to do is get it on the shelves of REI, Campmoor, EMS, etc. And if it doesn't sell there, it'll sell with the SkyMall crowd.
There are precedents for this technology: self-winding (automatic) watches. But those use relatively minuscule amounts of energy. I doubt we'll be getting 1000 mAh from these…
Spare batteries, either primaries or rechargeable, are still the best-bet for my needs.
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