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.
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.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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