The nPower PEG (Personal Energy Generator) has been described as the “world’s first passive kinetic energy charger.” It harvests kinetic energy from walking, running, or biking and uses it to charge your smart phone, music player and other hand-held devices. Now the Indiegogo community is aiming to deliver 100 of these mobile generators to Crisis Mapper projects in high-risk off-grid populations, allowing people to report, map, record, and observe events with devices charged by their own kinetic energy.
The aim of a Crisis Mapper is to provide real-time updates during emergencies, such as natural disasters or conflict zones. By tweeting, texting or taking photos in these crisis areas, they can create maps which allows emergency responders to target the areas that need the most help.
The problem is in many of these areas, there is often no reliable electrical grid to power portable devices. That is what the nPower PEG comes in. A partnership between Tremont Electric and CrisisMappers.net are aiming to identify people in developing nations with the most extreme and urgent needs for mobile power and supply them with the nPower PEG.
Areas of concern that will benefit from the nPower PEG include Sudan and South Sudan (food security), Haiti (studying health care), Uganda (monitoring nutrition) and Darfur (tracking at-risk populations).
In a statement, Indiegogo said: “If the Indiegogo community exceeds our goal, we will continue to work with The International Network of Crisis Mappers to identify more projects that need mobile power, and send them more PEGs.”
The patented nPower PEG has already won international acclaim and has placed second at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show i-Stage competition for innovation and won the 2012 Edison Award Silver Medal for Power Generation.