PediPower Shoes Generate Power As You Jog [Video]

June 4, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Everyone knows the importance of jogging a few miles every day. Apart from helping to reduce body weight, jogging can help maintain high levels of energy that will keep you going.

A group of students from the Rice University have now found that jogging has much more importance than just a warm up exercise. The group comprising four seniors named Carlos Armada, Julian Castro, David Morilla and Tyler Wiest, and known by the name of Agitation Squad put in their efforts to develop a prototype pair of shoes called PediPower.

The PediPower shoes are in fact capable of extracting and storing kinetic energy with each and every step you take.

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The Agitation Squad has now found that force at the heel delivered far more potential for power generation than other parts of the foot. This realization took them to the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Shriners Hospital for children in Houston. They, there, analyzed the force distribution across the bottom of foot and where the most force is felt.

They concluded that force will be at the maximum in the heel and at the balls of toes, as one jogs.

With this data collected in their armory, the Agitation Squad set about creating an arm that fits around the heel of the shoe.

The arm has been made in such a way that it hits the ground first as you walk or jog and levers up as the foot comes down. The arm is clutched with a gearbox so that with every step, the gears turn slightly to drive a motor fitted on the side of the shoe.

This generates electricity, which gets stored in a belt-mounted battery pack. The electricity generated finds its path through wires via a voltage regulator.

The Agitation Squad expects this project to be picked up by another team at Rice soon. This is so that some fine tuning will need to be done in material refining, shrinking the size and boost the power output. That in turn will make PediPower more of a commercial product.

We have a video on the new device for you below:

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