Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Leg Power

PostedJanuary 18, 2009

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Randy Atkins: A device you can attach to your leg that converts muscle power to battery power.  It looks like a knee brace.  Max Donelan, chief science officer at BionicPower, says it actually eases the load on hamstring muscles that slow knee-joint movement with each stride.

Max Donelan: So you’re saving the effort of those muscles while you’re still producing electricity at the same time.  One minute of walking will give you about 10 minutes of talk time.

Randy Atkins: Donelan says while some cell phone fanatics may race for the product…

Max Donelan: Early adopters, I think, are going to be people whose lives depend upon portable power.

Randy Atkins: Soldiers, first responders, and those with portable medical equipment.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.