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Power Your Phone with Kinetic Energy from Your Run

Power Your Phone with the Kinetic Energy from Your Run

Image source: runwithmypower.com

Our gadget-centric culture has one big weak link, which is power storage. If you’re not near an outlet (and have time on your hands), or have a backup battery with you, when your device’s battery is dead, you’re out of luck.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could harvest and use the energy from your movements to power your gadgets? You could go for your morning run or workout, and then transfer that kinetic energy to your smartphone, providing a full day’s charge with the power of your own body’s movement.

In the near future, that could be a viable option, as one startup has developed a prototype of a device that can deliver up to eight additional hours of battery life from just 45 minutes of running.

The myPower prototype, from the NUvention Energy class at Northwestern University, is the Chicago winner of the Challenge Cup, and is being developed into a finished product:

“myPower is a running companion that clips to your hip and captures your kinetic energy as you run. myPower stores this energy so you can use it to charge your smartphone or other mobile device later in the day. In essence, myPower is a rechargeable battery that you never have to worry about recharging–as long as you keep running. Forty-five minutes of running with myPower can give your iPhone an extra 7 to 8 hours of battery life, and running with myPower for a year can offset the carbon footprint of itself and the device you charge with it. At about the size of a small cellphone, myPower is comfortable, stylish, and can be worn when biking or walking as well.” – myPower

In an interview with the Challenge Cup blog, the founders said their product’s advantage was not only practical, but also had a personal angle to it:

“Solar chargers and large kinetic chargers currently exist on the market, but ours is the only one targeted for the needs of runners. Other backup batteries also exist, but we have found that people forget to charge them, and they don’t give you the satisfaction of generating your own green energy.”

The finished product is expected include a USB port for conventional charging (in case you missed your morning run), and to retail for about $60.

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