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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.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Other Applications
Cabe Atwell   5/31/2014 12:26:21 AM
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The boots have since been scrapped for the most part. The military is heavily investing in wireless energy transfer to power devices such as GPS, communications and optics with vehicles outfitted with power-transfer technology.

 

Also... looks like a lot of work.

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