Kinetic Capture™ – Running shoe insoles that store the kinetic energy as you run and then use this power to charge up your iPhone / iPod.
|Kinetic Capture™ insoles can be used with any pair of running shoes.|
It’s a great idea and although the technology behind these insoles is by no means perfected yet, they nevertheless are a very worthy accessory for anyone who fancies an alternative source to power their iPhone or iPod, not to mention the chance to do their bit to save the planet.
There are, however, a few minor issues that I should perhaps point out.
I mentioned earlier that a simple mathematical calculation suggests that a full charge will require a ten mile run. However, for some weird scientific reason (which I have to admit I don’t fully understand) this isn’t quite the case. As things stand apparently the Kinetic Capture™ system requires more energy to charge the final ten percent of the battery pack fitted in the insoles, so by my estimations that means that once you go over nine miles you’ll find a law of decreasing returns in the amount of charge you get from your run.
However, all things considered this is a relatively minor quibble as a ninety percent charge is still more than generous in practical terms. Not to mention the fact that for runners like myself, the chances of me ever running over nine miles are fairly negligible in any case!
Another point worth mentioning is that for best results the makers advise that you should charge your iPhone / iPod immediately on completing your run, as this is when the battery pack will be at its most charged (apparently the current version of the system leaks charge at a noticeably faster rate than standard batteries). Again though, this is another minor quibble and power leakage is true to some degree of all battery packs.
Comfortwise I didn’t find a problem with the insoles. I have to admit they were noticeable when I first set off, but within a few hundred metres I had completely forgotten they were there. Overall, I have to give the makers a big thumbs up for the way they have successfully incorporated the Kinetic Capture™ system into their insoles in such a way that you can barely notice it once you are off into your stride.
Unfortunately, a recommended retail price hasn’t been announced yet but Green Future Solutions assure me that they will be aiming for an affordable price point. That all sounds a bit vague to me so I’d hold tight for further pricing information before making a decision to purchase, but if they achieve their goal and can get these on the market at a reasonable price then the Kinetic Capture™ insoles are a product which I would heartily recommend without hesitation.
Scroll down for details on how to contact Green Future Solutions for further information regarding their ‘Kinetic Capture™’ insole system.
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