Viridian Note 00162: Piezoelectric ShoesBruce Sterling <email@example.com>
Sat, 27 May 2000 11:25:09 -0500
Attention Conservation Notice: The "Gershenfeld jogging shoe," a longtime "Viridian Imaginary Product," takes a big running leap toward real-life existence.
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Sources: New startup. Be the first on your block: http://www.theelectricshoeco.com/ Large, well-financed Texon footwear company: http://www.texon.com/ http://www.hi-tecsports.com/hi-techno/texon.html British Military-Industrial Complex At Work: "Defense Agency Walking Power is World First To Energise Inventor's Mobile Phone" http://apps.dera.gov.uk/news_app/show.asp?ShowID=106 Trevor Baylis OBE, inventor and author: http://windupradio.com/trevor.htm Neal Gershenfeld, MIT Media Lab http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/nr/1999/motorola.html "Have My Shoe Talk To Your Refrigerator" http://www.salon.com/21st/feature/1999/01/26feature.html
(((The Academic Analysis and Proposal:)))
"Parasitic Power Harvesting"
by Dr. Joseph Paradiso, Professor Neil Gershenfeld, Nate Shenck, and John Kymissis
"As the power requirements for microelectronics continue decreasing, environmental energy sources can begin to replace batteries in certain wearable subsystems. In this spirit, this effort has examined devices that can be built into a shoe, (where excess energy is readily harvested) and used for generating electrical power 'parasitically' while walking. Two of these are piezoelectric in nature: a unimorph strip made from piezoceramic composite material and a stave made from a multilayer laminate of PVDF foil. The third is a shoe-mounted rotary magnetic generator. As a self-powered application example, a system had been built around the piezoelectric shoes that periodically broadcasts a 12-bit digital RFID as the wearer walks."
(((The Startup and the Product Pitch:)))
"Texon International Explores the Future of Footwear
"Texon International plc, the leading manufacturer and
supplier of footwear materials and components, has
announced a joint venture with Trevor Baylis, the inventor
of the clockwork radio. Mr Baylis' latest idea is to power
equipment, such as a mobile phone or palm top computer,
from the energy created by walking. The energy will be
generated and transmitted to the phone through a device
contained within special footwear soles. A new company ==
The Electric Shoe Company == has been founded jointly by
Texon (the major shareholder) and Trevor Baylis to develop
this new technology and its potential applications.
Electric Shoe Company stated... 'At the moment we are in
Phase I of this project where our primary objective is to
carry out a feasibility study of the different
technologies that might be used to convert energy created
from walking into electrical power. We need to establish
what level of electrical power we can consistently and
reliably generate and how we can store that power. We will
then be exploring a variety of applications from mobile
phones to Global Positioning Systems or even 'intelligent
clothing.' Phase II will be a full-scale development
programme with new partners from related industries.'
"A working prototype of the power generating footwear
is scheduled to be tested later this year when Trevor
Baylis undertakes a 100 mile trek across the Namibian
desert. He plans to make the first telephone call to Tony
Blair on a mobile phone powered by the energy created from
ventures planned by Texon International which will take
the company into new areas of advanced R&D and state-of-
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