Can you imagine capturing and storing the kinetic energy generated from walking, running and biking to charge hand-held electronic devices such as iPods, cell phones and others?
That’s what the technology created by a Midwest start-up called Tremont Electric can do. The company has just been shortlisted for the i-stage Competition, an initiative designed to give visibility to technology innovators working to transform “the way we interface with our world”.
Tremont’s proprietary technology is called nPower® and the initial application is called nPower® PEG (Personal Energy Generator). The device can be placed vertically in a backpack, briefcase or purse to harvest and generate power while the user goes about his or her daily life. Talk about multi-tasking!
The winner will receive $40,000 plus a chance to exhibit their wares at the 2011 International CES and a booth at CESUnveiled in New York or Las Vegas. The second place gets $7,500 and the option to display at the CES Unveiled event in New York or Las Vegas. The audience’s favourite, chosen online, will receive $2,500 and the opportunity to display at the CES Unveiled event in New York or Las Vegas.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.