Kickstarter is a breeding ground for amazing and revolutionary ideas from companies that are looking for a helping hand. If you think you like the idea, you can choose to be a backer and donate your money to their cause. In return, you usually get whatever it is they are trying to create, along with whatever incentives they are giving out. This new one, called SolePower, could either be the smartest or craziest (little bit of both) we have seen to hit the site yet.
SolePower aims to charge up an external battery that can be connected to your mobile device. The battery gains charge from your steps, turning that energy into electricity, giving about a phone’s battery-worth of energy in about 2 and 1/2 miles of walking, on average. Pretty neat idea, right? Here’s a quick run down of how it works that we pulled from their Kickstarter page.
How it works:
1. Slip SolePower into your shoe and snake the charging wire through your laces.
2. Plug the charging wire into the battery. The battery can either be fastened around your ankle or clipped to the top of your shoe.
4. Unplug the battery from the insole and plug it into your device.
5. Stop to ponder how lucky you are to have a mobile, back up power source that can be used anywhere, anytime!
The company is looking to score $50,000 from would-be backers, while shooting for full production and retail no later than the end of 2014. Do you think it could be a hit with consumers?