My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Tremont Electric nPower PEG Kinetic Charger - Showgirls Flashdance Energy

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tremont Electric nPower PEG Kinetic Charger - Showgirls Flashdance Energy

Science is vastly more stimulating to the imagination than are the classics

J. B S Haldane, Daedelus

Today is a boring Wednesday July 13th 2011AD. I posted no blog article on Tuesday July 12th 2011AD on account of doing an interview in Kingston for a company that offers a really low paying job. Thus tiredness and discussion with my friend with whom I traveled to the interview knocked me out like a light.

So to make up for it, this is one of three (3) posts on a slow writer’s day “when de customers dem a hide me out” as my deceased SDA girlfriend Audia Granston would curse wistfully in her Cosmetology shop, that I wish to get out of the woodwork of my computer files and onto my blog.

Alas, I fear the worst is yet to come, as it appears all my premonitions about the World Economy are coming to pass. We are on the cusp of a Second Recession, folks.

It appears that the problems in the Greek and Irish economies are now expanding to other World economies within the group pivotal to a stable EU, known whimsically as the PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Germany and Spain) my blog article entitled “Apple iPad and the House of Representatives - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” as they are all teetering on default of their relative sovereign Government Bonds.

This as:

  1. Portugal is on its way into its own two (2) year recession by 2012AD since May of 2011AD as stated in the article “Portugal recession 'will last two years”, published 5 May 2011 at 15:25 GMT, BBC World News
  2. The United States of America political divisionism may result in the US Economy defaulting on its Government Bonds by the US Senate being divided on the issue of Budget cuts and raising the Borrowing cap by printing more Treasury Bills as stated in the article “Obama: US debt talks failure 'could restart recession'”, published 11 July 2011 at 21:37 GMT, BBC World News
  3. IMF is now urging Italy to take austerity measures as well as stated in the article “IMF urges Italy to enforce spending cuts”, published 13 July 2011 at 15:46 GMT, BBC World News
So albeit the Greeks have been rescued at the last minute by the IMF with a Euro 110 billion loan package to help them pay off money owed to investors in their Government Bonds as stated in the article “Greece to get next part of IMF financial rescue package”, published 8 July 2011 at 21:53 GMT, BBC World News, there is still the possibility of a Second Recession as shown above.

While these implications loom in the real world, one New York Company has hit upon the fabulous Engineering idea for creating energy from all that restless back and forth walking that must be the result of sleepless nights of US Senators pacing the corridors of Washington DC in worry over the Economy.

Tremont Electric has developed the nPower PEG (Personal Electric Generator) that converts walking motion into electricity suitable for charging small gadgets as state in the article “Motion-powered gadget charger back on track”, published JULY 1, 2011 7:31 AM PDT by Martin LaMonica, CNET News - Green Tech and the article nPower PEG orders being taken, published 07/01/2011 09:59 PDT By Edwin Kee, UberGizmo.

The US$159 device appears as shown below and was the talk of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011:




Originally making its debut in June 2009AD as stated in the article “Charging gadget redefines power-walking”, published JUNE 3, 2009 9:39 AM PDT by Candace Lombardi, CNET News - Green Tech.

It is yet another solution to charging power hungry electronic gadgets when no Electrical Power outlets are handy simply by something we do naturally: walking and moving about.

The nine (9) ounce, 9" by 1.5" device has a lot in common with uBeam, a company started by University of Pennsylvania graduates named Meredith Perry and Nora Dweck. Their company, uBeam, was the talk of the D9 Conference held earlier in June 2011AD to market their unique take on the use of Ultrasonics in a Ultrasonic Power Transfer Device to charge gadgets when they run out of power as stated in the article New Technology beams Power over Sound Waves”, published JUNE 3, 2011 4:00 AM PDT by Rafe Needleman,CNET News - Rafe's Radar.

My blog article entitled “uBeam's Perry & Dweck Ultrasonic Power Transfer - Rafe Needleman's Hidden Village of Sound” took the device a step further and suggested that they team up with Sang-Woo Kim of the Institute of Nanotechnology at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea as stated in the article “Scream at your phone to recharge it?”, MAY 9, 2011 5:09 PM PDT by John Scott Lewinski, Crave - CNET News and use ambient noise to power their device, effectively a Ultrasonic Power Inverter to power their Ultrasonic Power Transfer.

Tremont Electric has developed the nPower PEG is literally the same concept. It uses Faraday’s Principle of Electromagnetic Induction and a pair of coils within the device with a movable magnet tuned to the oscillation frequency of walking. This creates the electrical power when the magnet oscillates up and down through a pair of coils within the device as aptly described in the article “The nPower PEG - US$150 kinetic energy harvester charges smartphones off-the-grid”, published 02:48 May 2, 2010 By Gizmag Team.



With its convenient USB adaptor, this device comes preset to recharge a wide range of electronic gadgets. Great for those days on the road when your smartphones run out, as you can literally walk your way to more power!

Much as my suggestion to convert ambient sound to Ultrasonic Energy, Tremont Electric would foreseeable save on the a lot of electrical power if most gadget owners used the device to charge their gadgets as opposed to leaving it plugged into a wall socket, quote: “If our entire target market used the PEG to recharge their cell phones for an hour each day, instead of plugging into a wall outlet, they would reduce the amount of electricity needed from the grid by 25.4 million kilowatts. That's enough energy to power 21,000 households for an entire year”

A simple solution to a problem a lot less complex than the current Economic catastrophe facing the world in the form of a possible Second Recession as the US Senate Showgirls (1995) do their Flashdance (1983) to save the world from the inevitable. Tremont Electric might just do the same thing for Electronics lovers! 
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