Train harder to power your gadget
In a genius and strategic move, you may soon have to keep up those workouts to ensure your gadget works. If successful, it will be the most motivational tool to hit the treadmill.
If you’ve ever gone to gym and forgotten your music device at home, you’ll know how utterly frustrating it is to try and train without the sound of your favourite beats. And with a wide variety of apps available on your iPhone or Android, you need your devices to be on top form to measure your heart rate, count your calories and track your progress.
Which is why Two Fruits One Robot is loving the latest innovation to keep you working up a sweat. TEGWear technology will power up your gadgets as long as you’re providing it with energy. Slow down and you’re music could turn off, get a little lazy and your heart rate monitor may stop monitoring. This is the solution for anyone who gets on to the bike and pedals halfheartedly. Pedal at your hardest and make the gym session count. Your reward? A full battery life for your gadget.
TEGWear technology works very simply, designed by a company called Perpetua Power Source Technologies. The company provides renewable energy solutions for wireless sensors. Their website says, “By greatly extending battery life or by replacing batteries altogether, Perpetua renewable energy solutions offer you reduced labor costs, the ability to collect more data and avoid hazardous areas. Depending on available temperature differences, the Perpetua Power Puck is capable of delivering a constant 3 – 6 volts or more (adjustable) for the lifetime of most electronic devices. Simply place on a warm surface for years of renewable energy.”
The TEGWear technology thus includes a chip based on thermoelectric energy, converting body heat into electric energy. By calculating the difference between your body heat and the coolness around the device, it will provide your device with an amount of usable energy.
Sadly, you’ll have to wait until 2014 to try out these awesome gadgets, however once launched, it is expected to be huge. The TEGWear technology facebook page has already launched, giving gym gurus and exercise bunnies everywhere the chance to comment.
According to Mashable, Perpetua is looking for product development partners to develop battery-free medical, fitness and safety gear worn on the body. If a success, in the next two years we could see all sorts of watches, pedometers and sensors that stay working due to the energy that you’re producing.
A very interesting concept and one we are all looking forward to testing out for ourselves, the question is whether or not powering up a gadget will be enough to keep people sweating it out. Personally, if it will keep my music playing, I’m happy to keep on running.