If you're one of those folks that always seems to run out of battery on your smartphone or tablet right when you need it the most, you're not alone. It happens to a lot of people.
But thankfully, a team from Carnegie Mellon University set out to eliminate this problem. And now, there's a viable solution that will be available for you sooner than you think.
It's called SolePower Ensole, and it's a gadget that looks like an insole to your shoe, but what it really does is harness energy from you. You won't have to worry about hunting for an outlet when your phone or tablet runs out of juice.
SolePower converts linear motion - the movement of your feet when you walk - to rotational motion that powers a generator in the SolePower shoe insert. The generator stores up enough energy to fully charge a smartphone, and all you have to do is take a little walk.
The generator attaches to a power pack via USB cord that is laced to your shoe. Theoretically, you'll have been moving around all day, running errands or going for a walk, and when you need a charge for your phone you simply slide it out of the shoe pouch and plug it into your phone.
SolePower was funded on Kickstarter back in 2013, and it is still finalizing the design of the shoe insert itself. SolePower hopes to have its product on the market soon, which could be as early as this year.
The company boasts that the charger works in all weather and water-resistant, so it will be useful for running, hiking, emergency relief and other on-foot activities. The charger itself is waterproofed and is snugly secured using the shoelaces to anchor it to the shoe.
Take a look at the photos below to see how SolePower works! All photos courtesy of SolePower Ensole.
You can see in the first photo where the cut-to-fit insole will plug in to the charger from the generator.
The charger is settled snugly into the charger pouch via the shoelaces. The charger pack is waterproof.
When your smartphone needs a pick-me-up, simply detach the charger pack from your shoe and plug in your gadget via the USB slot.