The Future Is Now, And Not What I Expected: Walking Powered Shoe Chargers

October 16, 2008


I hate walking. That's why I run. Or Hoveround (screw you Rascal!). But for those of you that don't mind, how about making the most out of your two legged transportation. NTT has developed a shoe that promises to charge your gadgetry while on the go.

Their soles are filled with water, displaced as the wearer walks and forced through a tiny turbine. Current prototypes generate 1.2 watts of electricity, enough to power your iPod as you strut, but by the time these things hit production in 2010 the hope is to more than double that to 3 watts so that you can charge up your mobile, too.

Sure, why not. But I'd still prefer to see the breast-powered charger instead. Literally, I want to see it in action. And, I dunno, maybe some light touching.

NTT says one of these days these boots are gonna charge your gadgets [engadget]

Thanks to Julian, who's currently out on the the hunt for the best damn burrito in NYC.

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