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SolePower: Power by Walking

A project in Pittsburgh, PA by SolePower

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SolePower is a power generating shoe insole for charging portable electronics while you walk.
Backers: 637
Average Pledge Per Backer: $94

Funded: $60,184 of $50,000
Dates: Jun 3rd -> Jul 18th (45 days)
Project By: SolePower
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Latest News

GOAL REACHED!!! . . . but wait, there's more!

July 9th - via:
Hi all,   You did it!! Thanks to you, we hit our goal of $50,000 this morning. We have 7 days left to make great strides! Please help us continue to share the Kickstarter page so we can hit our reach goals. We've also decided to open another reward... (Read More)

Solar headphones that charge mobiles seek funding

July 9th - via:
GLASGOW, UK - A Glasgow designer has unveiled a prototype pair of headphones which he claims can harness solar power to keep mobile devices charged. (Read More)

Battery Pack update!

July 7th - via:
Hi Everyone! Thanks for your support so far; we have just over $13,000 to go. We’re in the final push and we need your help to make this project a success. Please share our Kickstarter link on Facebook, Twitter, at work, with your friends, or... (Read More)

SolePower charges smartphones by harnessing walking power

July 7th - via:
Looking to solve the issue of a dead phone battery and no power outlet in sight, a new invention on Kickstarter says it can capture, generate, and store power within a shoe insole. Read this article by Dara Kerr on CNET News. (Read More)

The Final Push!

July 6th - via:
Thanks for your support so far. We are down to the final push here.The SolePower team has been hard at work testing and building more prototypes to improve the device. As you can see (picture below) we have been putting the device through its... (Read More)

Lets keep the ball rolling!

June 14th - via:
It has been almost 2 weeks since we launched this campaign and we've raised almost 60% of our goal! That’s amazing! We are thankful for and very appreciative of all 300+ backers that are making this campaign a great success, from the Baby Step ($3)... (Read More)

SolePower insole charges devices using the power of walking

June 11th - via:
Two years ago, University of Wisconsin–Madison engineering researchers Tom Krupenkin and J. Ashley Taylor developed a device designed to harness the power of walking to charge an internal battery. Now, a new product called SolePower is looking to do the same thing, and its designers are turning to Kickstarter to bring it to the masses. (Read More)

SolePower turns walking energy into battery power for your smartphone

June 10th - via:
Designed to help charge your mobile devices like smartphones and tablets without plugging them into an electrical outlet, the SolePower can charge up a battery pack by simply walking. (Read More)

Shoe insole charges your mobile devices

June 9th - via:
A U.S. startup has devised a shoe insert that can transform energy generated from walking into usable energy to power portable devices, including mobile phones, GPS devices, and fitness trackers. (Read More)

Power generating shoe insert

SolePower is an energy harvesting company bringing a power generating shoe insert to market. The technology is ideal for powering mobile electronic devices such as cell phones and GPS. Early adopters in the US will be outdoor enthusiasts and SolePower technology has additional applications in the military, developing nations, and other commercial markets. (Read More)

International Backers!

June 5th - via:
First SolePower update - due to popular demand, we're now offering a pledge option for international backers. "A BROAD STEP (limited) - International backers, this one's for you! A SolePower insole, t-shirt, and sticker." We've received comments... (Read More)

To combat battery woes, all-day activity trackers might just need a little SolePower

June 5th - via:
As wearable all-day activity trackers compete to be smaller, more convenient, and more comfortable, there’s one problem many of the newer entrants are running into: battery life. If users are supposed to be wearing a tracker all the time, when do they plug it in? And the point when a user takes off a wearable device to plug it into the wall is the point when they’re most likely to lose interest or abandon it. (Read More)

Can You Really Generate Electricity with a Hiking Boot?

June 5th - via:
The idea of special shoes that generate energy—recharge your GPS, camera, or cell phone simply by hiking—has been around for decades. Now, with mechanical engineering advances from a Pittsburgh startup called SolePower, the concept may have its best shot at hitting at a camping supply store near you. (Read More)

Blumoo Remote, Walking Power & Reinventing The Wheel

June 4th - via:
There are some great things going on in the crowdfunding arena right now. As always, it's exciting to see the amazing things that creative designers are coming up with. Let's take a look at a few of the best products that are seeking funding right now. (Read More)

Introducing SolePower, the Walking-Powered Phone Charger We All Need

June 4th - via:
Kickstarter is a breeding ground for amazing and revolutionary ideas from companies that are looking for a helping hand. If you think you like the idea, you can choose to be a backer and donate your money to their cause. In return, you usually get whatever it is they are trying to create, along with whatever incentives they are giving out. This new one, called SolePower, could either be the smartest or craziest (little bit of both) we have seen to hit the site yet. (Read More)

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