Do you know that from your morning jogging or mountain hiking, you can derive power to charge your mobile gadgets such as your laptop or smartphone? The concept of fitness gadgets working also as energy devices sounds impossible, but there are in fact many portable devices that support this “green” concept. Through these innovative gadgets, you obtain power from the kinetic energy you produce by your own movements such as walking or running. In turn these gadgets will transform the kinetic energy into power that will re-charge your smartphone, tablet or even laptop, depending on the amount of power collected.
Here are some of these really interesting and innovative inventions that will not only provide alternative power for your gadgets, but will also inspire to get into shape.
1. nPower PEG
nPower PEG (personal energy generator) is developed by Tremont Electric, a Cleveland, Ohio-based company that manufactures and markets “green” energy devices. The nPower PEG is composed of a cylinder which measures nine inches and weighs just over a pound. The capacity of the nPower PEG is provided by a 2000 mA lithium polymer battery (according to its official website http://www.npowerpeg.com). It collects power from kinetic energy while you’re walking, running, hiking or biking. So how much power does the nPower PEG provide to your phone or tablet? It depends on how active you are and how much energy you draw to the rod-like energy device, as well as what type of gadget are you going to re-charge. So let’s say, if you walk carrying the nPower PEG for about a minute, then the nPower PEG provides a minute of re-charging to small gadgets like iPod Nano. Other handheld devices that consume much more energy require more exercise. An iPhone requires about 11 minutes of walking to generate a minute of re-charging. The nPower PEG set also comes with a USB cord.
2. Bionic Power
This energy contraption is developed by Bionic Power, a company based in British Columbia, Canada. This is ideal for very rigorous activities, and is specifically designed for people who work in the field, like soldiers and reporters. Battle soldiers who are weary of carrying clunky batteries strapped on their backs will benefit greatly from this device. Bionic Power is a set of braces (just like the athletic knee braces) that are strapped on the legs. The energy derived depends on the torque from the knees. So how much power will you draw from Bionic Power? It also depends on the intensity of your activity. For example, if you walk in a leisurely pace, it will draw enough energy enough to re-charge four handsets. The great thing about Bionic Power is that it also adapts not only to the user’s speed, but also to the type of terrain he or she is walking on. For instance, if you walk on a downward slope (like hills) at a vigorous pace, the amount of energy is likely to be increased.
3. Lightning Packs
This is one of the most recent innovations yet, developed the Pennsylvania-based company Lightning Packs, LLC. They design and manufacture backpacks that draw energy from activities such as walking, running and hiking. Not only that, their backpacks also give some ergonomic benefits to the user such as reduced joint stress (according to its official website http://www.lightningpacks.com). The backpack’s frame absorbs the energy from the user’s motions (walking or hiking). It’s said that the backpack doesn’t carry a lot of power (just over seven watts), but it’s enough to give another life to such devices as night goggles, MP3 players, or a GSM-enabled mobile phone. The frames are weighed at about 10 pounds, so researchers who developed the backpack have announced that they’re working to lighten the load a bit. This bag is particularly ideal for mountaineers and rescue workers.
These alternative energy devices not only enable you to go green, but many of them will also actually get you into an active, healthy lifestyle.