Hydroelectric power in your shoes

All comments on style aside, these are pretty cool. They are power generating shoes, that use water and a small turbine. As you step down, the water is forced through the turbine and recirculated back to the reservoir when you lift your foot. It may not change the world, but is definitely interesting. This reminds us of those shoes that we used to pump up til they burst.

Comments

  1. EdZ says:

    Stillsuits here we come.

  2. therian says:

    why so complicated ? piezo will work, spring and magnets will work too

  3. kurf says:

    Water proof the electronics.

  4. Tom says:

    Is that a tiny little Tesla turbine on there?

  5. cde says:

    @ Therian
    Because then you can go around and say you’re a walking hydro-electro power plant.

  6. Charles says:

    AC/DC?

  7. drew says:

    ac/dc rocks!!! but why not put it on the heal any way

  8. brassxian says:

    @ edz

    I am so glad that I am not the only one who thought of Dune when I saw this.

  9. Ryan says:

    Wow, that’s pretty cool, though I think it would make more sense to mount it on the back of the shoe or on an ankle strap or something where the pants leg would cover it, then put UV reactive fluid in it and use it to power some UV LEDs (do they make UV LEDs? I’m not sure >.<), and do some interesting looking things with the tubing ^_^
    Though if it makes enough power to charge a small device, you could run build a cord into your pants, that plugs into it and then you can plug in your device to charge it in your pocket.

  10. A. says:

    Good work!

  11. M4CGYV3R says:

    It’s hard to see, but it actually covers the back of the shoe too, on the bottom at least. If you look closely you can see where the hose on the right side of the shoe goes under to the pressure system and then back up the heel.

  12. nubie says:

    :) I was going to make some Dune/Stillsuit comments, but it looks like you guys have that covered.

    Next up, solar sand worms :P

  13. mikelinpa says:

    Why argue over heel vs toe? If you make it full sole, (problematic?) or two separate reservoirs, it would also serve to cushion the feet. It would be a two’fer! Anti-fatigue and power generating!

    It could be made to generate on both the heel-down and the toe-off parts of the stride while the same liquid goes back and forth between. The batteries being charged could double as ankle weights providing beneficial exercise.

    **Geek Alert**
    Wait, there’s more! The whole system could be used to power the Master Chief’s shields. He can kill the Flood, stem the Covenant invasion, generate his own power, all while massaging his feet! Those metal shoes built into the Mark 6 Suit are pure murder!

  14. disciple says:

    just wait until some steam punk gets a hold of this…

  15. Ryan says:

    I was more talking about moving the electronics + turbine, to a more enclosed safer location then the toe of the sandal.

  16. Nivekian says:

    Wow, this would go awesome with the lap top cargo pants I have in my head!

  17. Louis II says:

    A bit different than some solutions I have sketched out.. but definitely interesting. My feet can’t stand squishy shoes so I scrapped shoe power… but this project totally gets me interested in the old project again… sweet and thanks!

  18. guest says:

    sandals
    not shoes
    ugly ones at that

  19. Josh says:

    “why so complicated ? piezo will work, spring and magnets will work too”

    Yes, but this is funnier! That someone actually built it..

  20. bob says:

    this may be the nerdiest thing of all time.

  21. mike says:

    Dude call DARPA, I am in the military and with the direction of the land warrior system this would help alot at keepiing batteries charged

  22. Sparhawk817 says:

    what if you used a magnetic fluid? then you would just have a coil, like those shake flashlights, but liquid… removes the need for a turbine. and then the battery or whatever could go around your ankle.

  23. Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a totally different topic but it has
    pretty much the same page layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

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