A collection of concept prototypes developed by Alex Dodge in collaboration with Brooklyn-based startup Generative.
The Power Step shoe employs an encapsulated piezoelectric ceramic that produces electric potential during applied mechanical stress. The cast silicone sole allows a maximum range of exibility for the incased piezoelectric while offering utmost comfort to the wearer. The energy produced by each step is collected and stored in a removable power-cell in the shoe’s heel. The energy collected can later be used to power other mobile devices.
This initial prototype design for Generative explores new ways of making shoes that convert mechanical energy into stored electrical energy both practical and stylistically functional, building upon substantial research done by Thad Starner and others at MIT in the mid 90’s, among others.