Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed from one form to another. NTT Communications Group has beared in mind this law of Physics in the creation of one of its latest invent: a electricity-generating shoes.
People are continuously transforming energy which are going to be wasted, for example when they are walking. The futuristic shoes that NTT is developing, generate electricity when walking. Each step puts pressure on the soles, causing the water to spin a small turbine and generate power, NTT said.
Currently, the shoes generate “a level sufficient to run an iPod mobile music player forever, as long as the wearer keeps walking,” said spokesman Hideomi Tenma, which means 1.2 watts of electricity. But they aspires more, “the company is trying to improve the power-generating capacity to 3 watts, which is the amount of electricity to power a mobile phone,” he said.
NTT wants to launch the produce by 2010, and they are looking into collaborate with shoe makers during the developing. Something essential in order to reach the success in the market, since people are not willing to wear any kind of shoes…