Campers and off-the-grid travelers, among others, have been enthusiastic supporters of renewable energy. Utilizing the power of the wind and the sun, in lieu of being tethered to an outlet, allows us to enjoy freedom while simultaneously lessening our impact on the planet. The ability to create energy without sacrificing mobility is a major advancement—and technology has recently improved even further.
We’ve written about advancements in solar chargers in the past; specifically their increasing capacity to hold power and charge devices while remaining ultra-portable. The capability of these small devices is incredible, and yet, the latest technology is even more impressive.
The GO KIN is a portable device that generates power for electronics through the simple movement of walking. While it’s not the first device to power electronics using human mobility, its standout feature is its portability and power.
Carried in either a backpack or a fanny pack, the GO KIN has two cords that drop from the bottom of the pack and attach to your ankles. Either strap the cords to a loop on the back of your shoe or by using their ankle bands. Then each step you take will generate power, a quicker pace will produce more energy.
What the chart means, in terms of phone use, is that a brisk walk for five minutes will produce 25 minutes of talk time. A five minute walk at a medium pace will allow about 18 minutes of talk time and a slow pace would likely give about 10 minutes of talk time.
The GO KIN features two USB ports for charging electronics, a built-in lithium-ion battery for storing charge and weighs 2.6 pounds. The device is currently only compatible with the two designated packs, but designers are working on ways to make other packs compatible.
Bill Ostrom of Ostrom Outdoors partnered with a team at Queens University to get the GO KIN on its way to the market. It is currently on Kickstarter, with a goal of $30,000 that needs to be reached by July 17. So far, 58 backers have pledged $10,977. If they meet their goal, they plan to begin shipments in November 2014.