"it's nice to see organizers of festivals that have the ability to reach people on a larger scale trying to create awareness around this type of thing. Awareness is the first step to greater adoptino and future innovation."
Elizabeth, yes the main intentions of the organizers are creating awareness to the public. Since it's a public function and exhibition, large crowd can be get educated.
"this technology becomes even more sophisticated and widely used, awareness will spread, which likely will create even more innovation. It's quite amazing to think we may be charging our phones from our shoes one day, and that this will be a common occurence."
Elizabeth, public awareness is more important so peoples can think about new ways for generating green energies and hence less pollutions.
Tool_maker, I agree, I think this would be a great military application for soldiers that have to walk long distances far away from any base or power source. I can only imagine what a feeling it must be to be out in a combat zone somewhere without any means of communications and no way to charge radios or other communications devices.
I can't help but think of the "opti-grab" from the movie "The Jerk" (Steve Martin).
I can see millions of people with some sort of walking disorder from favoring their "charging" foot. It makes them have one pigeon toed foot or something, and they have to walk like Quasimodo for the rest of their lives.
You can almost sense that the people in the video are walking funny to make the thing work effectively.
There was nothing in the video that described how the device worked, and only about 4 seconds actually showing the device itself. The rest was a sales pitch telling us how wonderful the product is.
What I see is a fairly thick pad that slides inside a shoe, which it is much thicker than any I have used in my shoes. I would need to change shoe sizes to use this device. But just how does it work?Where is the generator that is spun by the air, or fluid, and how does it avoid feeling like a big lump under my foot? Or is it a micromachined turbine so very small that we would not feel it? And just what voltage and current does it produce?
There are way to many completely unaddressed questions about this product for it to even be taken seriously, at least based on what was presented. Sort of like thatenergty harvesting device that the German student showed off a while back. Remember that? It was eventually de-bunked as a fake.
So if this device is patented thgen we should be able to see some drawings or photos, and if it not, then we should be able to see some Chinese knock-offs in a few months and investigate them.
I can see where the military would be all over this, particularly if they can connect the batteries together to up the voltage. I do not remember many things more unsetteling than being on a patrol and losing communications with our command unit. Without communication it was spooky not knowing whether the approaching footsteps were a friendly patrol, out of location, or enemy troops.
That sounds like a really inventive and worthwhile demonstration and it's nice to see organizers of festivals that have the ability to reach people on a larger scale trying to create awareness around this type of thing. Awareness is the first step to greater adoptino and future innovation.
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