Mar. 30 - An Indian teenager has turned one of his running shoes into a mobile phone charger. Rajesh Adhikari's device works by using energy generated through walking or running, giving him a reliable source of energy to keep his phone charged at all times. Jim Drury reports.
For many people, running is the ideal form of exercise, but now, thanks to a schoolboy in northern India, it could begin to empower millions in a new way. Rajesh Adhikari has invented a prototype mobile phone charger, comprised of a spring and dynamo system, that fits inside his running shoe. It produces electricity as he walks or runs. SOUNDBITE (Hindi) RAJESH ADHIKARI, SHOE CHARGER CREATOR, SAYING: "When you raise your feet, the spring gets released and the dynamo starts revolving, which generates current. Every time you press your foot it generates a charge. You can charge your mobile phone while walking." Adhikari says the idea came after heavy snowfall left his and other neighbourhood homes in the town of Nainital without electricity. His device can not only keep a cell-phone charged, it can also power a small light bulb, which Adhikari believes could ease the stress for households in future power cuts. And the High School student has aspirations to modify his design, so it works wirelessly to charge a cell phone in the wearer's pocket. He's not the only innovator looking to develop shoe-based power generation...but Adhikari says he's determined to put his best foot forward.