Remember the time when people wore wristwatches, the most fancy of which had auto-wind features capable of winding your watch with just the movement of your arm? Well a new company, NPower, has taken the concept to the next level with PEG a Kinetic battery charger. They tell us:
The nPower PEG is a backup battery charger for hand-held electronics that uses the energy you generate while walking, running, or biking. Just place your nPower® PEG in your backpack, briefcase, or purse and go about your daily activities. As you move, your PEG will continuously top-off its internal battery providing you with extra power when you need it. –When you’re on the go. And, if you’re in an emergency situation, shaking your nPower® PEG will give you the ability to call for help or get in touch with a loved one.
What does this mean to shipping? Using only our imagination we imagine the short team will find kinetic chargers that keep the lifeboat and GMDSS batteries charged… and in the long term entire vessels may augment engine power with kinetic devices which turn the pitch and roll of ship into a significant source of energy.