Each day ever new vistas for the application of piezoelectric energy are opening themselves to us. After the first piezoelectric shower it’s time now to check out the electric generating shoes.
Engineers at Louisiana Tech University have come up with sneakers which other than just helping you in comfortable run from one place to another will also generate power. The shoe has a generator fitted into its heel to convert a piezoelectric charge into usable voltage for charging batteries or for directly powering electronics. Other than the device embedded in the heel, its make resembles a regular shoe in terms if fillings which makes it both soft and robust.
The engineers expect that the technology will get better in the days to come and help fully recharging other portable devices such as cell phones. [via:treehugger]