Power Your Devices With Your Motion
I’m constantly complaining about the battery life of my iPhone. It’s rare for me to make it through a whole day without a charge, and it’s not always feasible to stop and charge while I’m out.
AMPY aims to solve that problem by transforming your everyday movement into usable energy to power smartphones and other devices you depend on. The project has raised over $62,000 (of its $100,000 goal) in less than two days on Kickstarter.
Behind AMPY are co-founders Tejas Shastry, Alex Smith, and Mike Geier, who met as engineering PhD candidates at Northwestern University. Shastry, CEO leads the company’s business development and strategy. Smith, CPO, leads the product and customer development efforts. Geier, CTO, leads AMPY’s technology development.
“Everyone depends on their smartphones, and active people are often not able to be connected to a wall outlet for the time required to charge their phones or other devices,” Shastry told VentureBreak. “Kinetic energy allows people to stay mobile and keep their smartphones charged simultaneously and effortlessly.”
The amount of battery life you can generate just from regular movement is incredible:
AMPY is based in Chicago, which Shastry says has a great startup community. “The startup scene in Chicago is really close knit, and there is a great community of other entrepreneurs launching hardware products in the area. We’ve benefited immensely from the advice and connections of everyone in Chicago startup community, clean energy community, and the city in general.”
As for the future, the team envisions “the technology behind AMPY being integrated directly into smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other wearable devices yet to be invented so you never have to plug them in.”