Small device charges smartphones through daily activity/from Springwise

30 Oct

Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, AMPY is a device that stores kinetic energy from walking, running and cycling, and uses it to charge devices.



This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Springwise has already covered a slew of innovations that are attempting to tackle the problem of smartphone charge — from a subscription model for restaurantsto solar-powered festival tents — testament to how perennial a problem it has become. The latest effort is AMPY, a device that stores kinetic energy from walking, running and cycling, and uses it to charge devices.

Small enough to fit in a pocket or armstrap, the AMPY uses patent-pending inductor technology to generate power from the movements created when users are being active. Whether they’re walking, running, cycling or performing some other activity, the device can store enough energy to charge a smartphone for an additional 3 hours. Any other device with a USB power input can also be charged using the device. AMPY comes with optional clips, sleeves and armbands to enable people to easily keep it on their person even throughout the most rigorous exercise.

Watch the video to learn more about AMPY:

AMPY is available to pre-order through the Kickstarter for special price of USD 85 until the campaign ends on 10 November. Are there other ways to keep consumers ever-important devices topped-up?



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