Power Walking - Video

Tuesday 24th June 2014

Imagine having the ability to charge your cellphone while hiking miles from home, or a wall socket. Canada’s Queen’s University Mechanical and Materials Engineering researcher Qingguo Li, and PhD student Michael Shepertycky have created a portable device that can be used anywhere and at any time to produce power on the go.

Based on their research and development a new company, Ostrom Outdoors, has been created around the resultant device, called Go Kin Packs. Ostrom has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund further product development efforts to bring the device to market.

The device fits in the GO KIN backpack or fanny pack and two cords extend from the bottom of the pack and attach to the user’s ankles. The walking motion generates energy that is stored in the battery pack located in the backpack or fanny pack.

A brisk five-minute walk produces about 25 minutes of cellphone talk time. The Go Kin pack has two USB ports and can also power other electronic devices such as tablets and GPS devices. The device currently weighs just 2.6 pounds. With additional product development effort, the device could weigh less than a pound.

Dr. Li believes recreation enthusiasts and the military will have a strong interest in the Go Kin packs. He adds the packs could be useful in areas where traditional power sources are unavailable, such as developing countries and areas affected by natural disasters.

Check out the video below, and their Kickstarter Campaign.

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Categories: General, Renewable, Reviews, Technology

Tuesday 24th June 2014

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