Thursday, February 14, 2008

Take a walk - and charge up your phone

The Guardian has a post on a new energy device: a knee brace which can generate electricity as you walk - it can apparently create enough power to charge mobile phones and medical devices:

The device is inspired by technology used in hybrid cars which store the power from braking to generate electricity. So-called regenerative brakes can collect energy that would otherwise be dissipated as heat when a car slows. In the same way, the knee brace uses the energy dissipated at the knee as the leg slows after a step.

In tests, volunteers generated five watts of power when they wore a brace on each leg. The researchers said it was enough to operate a portable GPS navigation unit, a robotic prosthetic joint or a heart pacemaker.

Read article - 'Take a walk - and charge up your phone'

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