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The Shoe Power Device, now… invented.

An Assistant Professor at the Institute for Micromanufacturing at Louisiana Tech University, Ville Kaajakari, has invented a generator which can convert pressure on the sole into electric power.

The device is developed with new voltage regulation circuits. These can efficiently convert a piezoelectric charge into usable voltages, which in turn can be used to charge batteries or directly power electronics.

“This technology could benefit, for example, hikers that need emergency location devices or beacons. (…) For more general use, you can use it to power portable devices without wasteful batteries. Ultimately, we want to bring up the power levels up to a point where we could … charge or power other portable devices, such as cell phones”, Kaajakaris said.

His invention is also featured in the MEMS Investor Journal.

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