The PowerWalk trousers pretty much sum up the entire essense of the true concept of “wearable technology”, not the outrageously expensive smartwatches running about nowadays.
The US Marine Corps as it turns out have been testing this new cutting-edge wearable technology behind closed doors and much of the public have no idea so far so good.
And If you’ve seen the “Elysium” movie in the cinema or wherever, you’ll agree with me that the PowerWalk technology is just a tad away from resembling the exoskeletal tech won by Matt Damon in the sci-fi hit movie.
Why? Noel Soto, a U.S. Army Systems Engineer explained that because the typical soldier usually carries about 16-20lbs in batteries on a 72-hour mission, the need to reduce that weight to make room for other essential gear necessitates the need for the technology.
So What exactly is the PowerWalk trouser and how does it work?
Invented by Canadian-based company, Bionic Power, this light-weight, leg-mounted, wearable exoskeleton tailored to resemble a military camo aims to aid soldiers in reducing the amount of batteries they carry during missions.
With every stride of the soldier, the on-board sensors in the exoskeletal trouser analyse gait and determines when best to harvest energy generated from the natural action of walking, using Bionic Power’s own proprietory software, after which on-board generators then convert this mechanical energy into electricity.
And here’s the best part: After just an hour of walking or marching as the case may be, users can generate from 10-12 watts of power enough to charge not one, but up to four smartphones!
The value proposition of Bionic Power is irrefutable: reduce battery weight for soldiers while also minimizing the unit’s reliance on field resupply of batteries, making it possible to extend the duration and effectiveness of a mission.
And that’s a very strong value proposition for the American military and other military organizations around the world probably looking to tap into this innovation.
In fact, the company has already secured a $1.25 million contract from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to supply low-volume production units for trial testings.
Image credit: Bionic Power
Now over to you.
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