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US Army's Boot-Based Energy Harvester Lightens Soldier's Load
11/21/2011

The SPaRK biomechanical energy harvester produces 6 to 9 watts of continuous electricity from walking.  (Credit: SpringActive Inc.)
The SPaRK biomechanical energy harvester produces 6 to 9 watts of continuous electricity from walking.
(Credit: SpringActive Inc.)

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William K.
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Energy harvesting boots
William K.   11/23/2011 9:27:29 PM
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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.

TJ McDermott
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Energy Boots or Powerd Exoskeleton
TJ McDermott   11/29/2011 10:58:36 PM
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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.

 

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Other Applications
Rob Spiegel   11/30/2011 2:52:14 PM
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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.

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