The World’s First Personal Energy Generator

8 11 2009

I’ve recently moved to San Francisco and found it to be one of the most glorious cities I have been to in my life. The weather is beautiful, architecture classic, people diverse, and food delicioso. The best way, in my opinion, to explore and learn a city is just by wandering around: walking on foot, poking your head in various stores and venturing down alleys. Complement this with the type of tunes from your iPod that fit the mood and environment, and I approach heaven.

Adventure + Music = Bliss.

Until your iPod screen goes blank. No more juice.

Or imagine another scenario, one that isn’t so pleasant. Say you’re in an emergency, but your cell phone is dead. What to do? Can’t just generate power without an outlet, right?

Introducing the nPower personal energy generator (PEG).

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As you walk, the PEG harvests the kinetic energy that you’re already generating and converts it into usable power for recharging your handheld electronic devices.

It’s quite a nifty little piece of equipment. It doesn’t seem real at first thought, but I guess that is the case of new technology. The nPower PEG literally just harnesses the bounce in your step to generate the power equivalent of a wall charger, so that you can charge your iPod, cell phone, PDA, GPS, or any other hand held electronic device you deem needs some charging.

It’s 9″ long and weighs 9 ounces, so portability is definitely not an issue. It is not yet available for purchase, but is available for pre-order on its website for $149. That price is definitely outside of my willingness to pay for a piece of gear like that for now, but I expect prices to drop once production increases.

I found out about this on a Business Week feature on promising start-ups, which profiles the man behind the PEG.

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