PediPower, Shoes That Generate Power With Every Step

A group of engineering students at Rice University have created PediPower, a pair of shoes that store energy generated with each step. Right now the PediPower prototype generates about enough energy to charge a battery in laboratory tests and a little less in real-world, walking tests. The project will likely be picked up by another group of engineering students during the fall semester, who will work to reduce the size of the device and increase the amount of energy generated. “Theoretically it would be something you just wear, and you don’t notice it,” Carlos Armada said. “That’s the end goal. If you showed someone the shoe while you’re standing still, they wouldn’t even see the device.”

via Gizmag