It was only a matter of time that someone would create this revolutionary piece of tech for our rapidly growing mobile lifestyles. The kinetic rechargeable lithium-ion battery known as “Ampy” recently popped up on Kickstarter has just now doubled their original $100,000 pledge to over $250,000 and still counting.
AMPY is a small-sized wearable battery that uses your energy from movement from either walking, running, or shaking for the lazy, to convert your own kinetic motions into power to charge USB devices. The project itself was originally started by a small Chicago based group of multi-disciplinary team of engineers and designers led by Tejas Shastry. The kickstarter, which was created only 9 days ago as of this date, had already amassed over double the amount of what their original (and modest) 100k goal was set.
While this item is a very nice sounding idea in theory, their still remains some minor drawbacks for the general public. The prototype of AMPY, which is already set for mass production around June of 2015, only houses approximately 1000mAH at maximum charge. This means that it will not give a modern smartphone battery (with a current median of 1500 mAH-3000 mAH) a full charge. The other potential issue with the current build is the amount of energy required to power the device itself. In this case, AMPY will require approximately 10,000 steps for about 3 hours of battery life for most modern smartphones on the market. Led engineer Shastry mentions “A typical day of walking for a city dweller (10,000 steps) can give you up to 3 hours of battery life for your smartphone. The instantaneous power output is lower than for running but still enough to provide charge your phone.” In other words, it’s still an awesome device especially if you run regularly.
“Though our focus is on manufacturability, one outcome of the analysis was that our engineer was able to determine that the product does in fact generate enough energy in the coils and high enough voltage to drive all the circuitry.” Lead engineer Tejas Shastry adds, before exceeding his projects goal.
As of now, there are numerous other sites and big name companies such as CNBC and CNET that have taken notice of this project as well as its’ growing Kickstarter. The projects’ hardware has been recognized by the crowd funding platform “Dragon Innovation” for its concept and has pledged its entire $100,000 goal alone. AMPY will most likely be one of the “must have” gadgets of early next year – and for good reason. That being said, if you or anyone you know that you’d think would be interested in this project, you should check out their site or their Kickstarter to pre-order up an AMPY on release to get it for $20 bucks cheaper than retail version.
For more info on the AMPY, their developers, or any new information on the project itself, check out https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1071086547/ampy-power-your-devices-from-your-motion or its main site over at http://www.getampy.com/