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Published on May 13th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Now Your Shoes Can Charge Your Phone

May 13th, 2012 by  


 

24-year-old Anthony Mutua has created a device that turns your sneakers into cell phone chargers. The invention is being presented at Kenyan Science Technology and Innovation Week in Nairobi this week.

“The shoe apparently has a very thin ‘crystal chip,’ perhaps a piezoelectric device, that generates power when the sole bends. It can charge phones via a long cable to a pocket while the user walks, or store power for later charging,” Tim Hornyak of cnet writes.

“This charger works using pressure, as you walk you generate pressure that in turn generates energy, once you have arrived where you were going you can now sit down and charge your mobile phone,” Mutua told CNC World.

Apparently, the device can be transferred from one shoe to another and works in ‘everything’ except bathroom slippers. And it can reportedly charge several phones (or similar devices) at once.

The device has been patented and could enter mass market shortly.

The current estimate is that it would cost an equivalent of $46 and come with a 2.5-year warranty.

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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