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Footsteps could charge mobile devices thanks for UW engineers

MADISON, Wis. - University of Wisconsin-Madison mechanical engineers have developed technology that could reduce reliance on the batteries in mobile devices by simply plugging a device into your shoe, according to a release.

The technology is described as an energy-harvesting technology that's particularly well suited for capturing the energy of human motion to power mobile electronic devices, according to the release.

The technology could enable a footwear-embedded energy harvester that captures energy produced by humans during walking and stores it for later use, officials said.

The engineers said the technology could power mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, laptop computers and flashlights.

The engineers are looking to commercialize a footwear-embedded energy harvester through their startup company, InStep NanoPower.

More information on the technology can be found online.

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