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The Shoes Charger Midterm Presentation

The shoe Charger Midterm Presentation

Jay Hsiao, Felix and Sam

About the Project!

A lot of people waste their energy walking and not making any use of it. So why not recycle it? We’ve come up with an idea to turn that energy into electrical energy to charge a portable charger. Our idea is to make a shoe that uses thermal energy and convert it into electrical energy while walking, and use that energy to charge a portable charger that is plugged into the shoe. When the user is out of energy on their phone or tablet, they can use the portable charger to charge their devices after walking a certain amount of time after charging their portable charger.

What I do for this project was I did some sketching on the sample of the shoes in order Felix and Sam to have an idea how the would look like once we install the device in it.


Materials used for the project was Arduino.

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And here are the two sketches I did for the shoe,

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And here’s how it would look like once we install the device


As you can see, there are two ways to place the charger. One way is to place the charger in the sole of the shoe. The person can easily plug it in and take it out with ease. Another option is to place the charger on the back of the shoe. The plug will be sewn in and stick out for the person to plug it in.


The heel of the foot will push down pressure for energy which will convert into electrical energy and charge the battery in the shoe.



In the end, we were able to make a prototype that works that can turn thermal energy into electrical energy to charge a portable charger. With this, we continue to move forward with this idea and have it built in a shoe for further testing.


We plan to continue on working on the concept of the idea to charge a portable charger through thermal or kinetic energy but in different ways besides walking.

{midterm} sense yourself silly [proposal] Leah, Lucy and Nima

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Group: Leah Fried, Lucille Morcos, Nima Behravan

Inquiry: How can we make people feel disconnected from objects they are connected to.

With this mobile lab we will create a way to mix the five senses to either deter or encourage interaction with an object the user is connected to. Would mixing the senses act as a wedge in the connection they already feel to those objects. Is connection to these objects vital? If the sense of look, feel, smell, sound or taste are altered, will the affect the attachment to them? Will this create negative or positive emotions in the user and how strongly will they feel these emotions? By exploring these questions, we can develop a mobile lab that makes your senses utterly confused. To create this lab we are considering using both physical and digital elements. Our ideas include: For physical aspects: textures, filters, sensors. For digital: cameras, speakers, projections.