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[CES 2009] nPower PEG Charges Your Gadgets From The Spring In Your Step

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By David Ponce

Primitive though it may be, walking is an endeavor still enjoyed by a few. And these sprightly urbanites will soon be able to get something in return for their efforts (you know, aside from good health): gadget-recharging electricity. The nPower PEG (Personal Energy Generator) is a device that harvests the kinetic energy of your walking and turns it into electricity, charging most devices up to 80% with just one hour’s worth of walking. Toss it into a bag along with any USB 2.0 powered device, and it’ll charge as you walk. The rep did not mention whether jumping around spastically would make things go faster.

The nPower PEG in being pre-sold on their website, and will be available in six months for $149. The company hopes that as it gets manufactured in increasingly larger quantities, the price will drop accordingly.

Full press release after the jump.

The power is in you! With the nPower™ PEG, you create power for charging your cell phone, iPod,
and other handheld devices. Just place the lightweight nPower™ PEG in your bag or on your hip,
attach it to your device, and you’ll create energy any time you need it. The PEG works when you are
in motion, so you don’t have to worry about being near a power outlet or running out of a charge
while on the go ever again.
The up and down movement from your walking or running creates kinetic energy. The nPower™
PEG:
 harvests kinetic energy to charge handheld electronic devices at the
same rate as a wall charger, which means most devices reach an 80%
charge with just an hour of walking throughout the day.
 is a green technology that literally allows you to create renewable
energy by walking, thus reducing your personal carbon footprint.
 is compatible with over 90% of handheld electronic devices, including
cell phones, MP3 players, handheld gaming devices, handheld GPS,
digital cameras, and more.
 appeals to consumers as 12% of the general population and 33% of ecofriendly
consumers would ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ purchase according
to recent independent consumer research.
The nPower™ PEG addresses the problem of the world’s increased demand for electricity, and
consumers’ lack of an effective alternative energy option. The initial potential market for the
nPower™ PEG is composed of the 23.2 million Americans who carry handheld mobile electronic
devices and walk for approximately one hour per day. The nPower™ PEG could remove 25.4 million
kilowatts of power from the grid — the collective annual electricity needed to charge 23.2 million cell
phones at 3 watts for one hour per day (approximate amount of power needed annually for 21,000
households).








  • http://ocentertainment.net TheBob

    Oh my gosh. This is actually something I would REALLY like to have! Actually, I would've *really* liked it back when I worked as a cart-pusher for Wal-Mart. When I had an MP3 player with replaceable batteries, I would have them go dead every other day (if I was lucky). When I got an iPod, with the non-replaceable, it was even worse when it went dead in the middle of the day.

    Not only that, but as the press release states, this is a huge power saver. Compared to this, buying “disposable” batteries, or even charging from an outlet, seems downright wasteful.

    That is, if this product works as advertised. Though, even if it's less efficient than it says, but still works, it's still really, really great.

    I will keep an eye on this.

  • http://ocentertainment.net TheBob

    Oh my gosh. This is actually something I would REALLY like to have! Actually, I would've *really* liked it back when I worked as a cart-pusher for Wal-Mart. When I had an MP3 player with replaceable batteries, I would have them go dead every other day (if I was lucky). When I got an iPod, with the non-replaceable, it was even worse when it went dead in the middle of the day.

    Not only that, but as the press release states, this is a huge power saver. Compared to this, buying “disposable” batteries, or even charging from an outlet, seems downright wasteful.

    That is, if this product works as advertised. Though, even if it's less efficient than it says, but still works, it's still really, really great.

    I will keep an eye on this.

  • michele

    This is an idea that i have 6 month ago and the people's PEG have created it.congratulations!
    You are the people that repair this wrong world.

  • michele

    This is an idea that i have 6 month ago and the people's PEG have created it.congratulations!
    You are the people that repair this wrong world.

  • TheMANwithNoName

    Ever tried one of those rechargeable flashlights that you have to shake to charge ?
    I sure hope this thing works better than those worthless pieces of excrement.

    It's a good concept, I just have a lot of questions about the execution. For instance, how careful do you have to be about the way the unit is oriented. They imply that you can just throw it in your bookbag or purse with the item to be recharged, but common sense seems to indicate that the unit would have to be oriented parallel to the direction of body movement to work.

    I'd like to try one, but doubtful I would pay $150 to test it. Will be looking for product reviews after they become available…TheMANwithNoName

  • TheMANwithNoName

    Ever tried one of those rechargeable flashlights that you have to shake to charge ?
    I sure hope this thing works better than those worthless pieces of excrement.

    It's a good concept, I just have a lot of questions about the execution. For instance, how careful do you have to be about the way the unit is oriented. They imply that you can just throw it in your bookbag or purse with the item to be recharged, but common sense seems to indicate that the unit would have to be oriented parallel to the direction of body movement to work.

    I'd like to try one, but doubtful I would pay $150 to test it. Will be looking for product reviews after they become available…TheMANwithNoName

  • Daniel35

    I'm interested, but not $150 worth. It must be the same principle as the shaker flashlights, with a small spring added. Is the spring adjustable to be resonant with my stride? I don't have that many low V gadgets, mainly digital camera and GPS, and I suspect it doesn't put out enough voltage for them. But I'd also think in terms of an LED lights and such.

    I don't know of you're the one who talked of exercise machine/generators, but I'm especially interested in that and hoping to build one from bike and car parts, probably just for my own use. But it seems most generators (or DC motors redefined) need high rpm to get much voltage. I find gearing up from pedaling speed for hopefully 12V is difficult. Do you have any info on such?

    Dan Robinson

  • Daniel35

    I'm interested, but not $150 worth. It must be the same principle as the shaker flashlights, with a small spring added. Is the spring adjustable to be resonant with my stride? I don't have that many low V gadgets, mainly digital camera and GPS, and I suspect it doesn't put out enough voltage for them. But I'd also think in terms of an LED lights and such.

    I don't know of you're the one who talked of exercise machine/generators, but I'm especially interested in that and hoping to build one from bike and car parts, probably just for my own use. But it seems most generators (or DC motors redefined) need high rpm to get much voltage. I find gearing up from pedaling speed for hopefully 12V is difficult. Do you have any info on such?

    Dan Robinson

  • Earthling

    The latest version of the nPower PEG has been on the market for a little while now and is getting decent reviews. The price has gone down to $130 and you can get free shipping if you use this code: IN5SCKZS