The journal Nature Communications recently reported that the company Instep Nanopower is on the move to harness mechanical energy from walking to create a longer lasting cell phone battery. Through a concept called reverse electrowetting, Instep users would plug their phone into a tiny USB port in their shoes. “The battery of that device would last much, much longer” and the user wouldn’t have the hassle of wires, says the company’s President, Tom Krupenkin. The benefi t he states, it would be “like a cell phone battery that lasts literally for a month instead of a day or two.” Krupenkin hopes to team up with a functional footwear fashionista and have the product on the market within a couple years.
For more science notes like this one check out the Feb/Mar 2012 issue of Inside Fitness!