The picture reminds me of some boots that I once owned. I would like to see a race between somebody wearing them and an infantry-man weraing normal issue boots. Of course it is possible that they could run faster than I could while wearing safety boots.
Aside from that it does look like a potentially good idea.
Last year I saw powered exoskeleton tests for the army. The exoskeleton was a load-bearing means. I suspect this might end up being more useful than energy boots. Note how much the soldier's load weight has increased over time. It's always going up. A small weight savings in batteries will be erased by other, new, absolutely necessary equipment.
I agree, Tim, especially now that we have so many gadgets that need continual recharging. I would imagine if this opened up, there would be a wide range of applications to charge devices. Perhaps one of those hand-grip exercise tools that build arm muscle while producing electricity.
As an industry, we now need to up our game and provide contractors with easier ways to properly identify and report counterfeit products and build collaboration between manufacturers, design engineers, industry organizations, and government.
The shift to aluminum is gaining momentum and the demand from automakers for aluminum is soaring, "expecting to reach one billion pounds this year, up from 200 million in 2012, and to grow by more than 30% annually through 2020."
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