4 Kinetic Energy Start-ups
2. Bionic Power
Bionic Power's device straps onto the knee and converts the movement and mass of the human body into energy. A one-minute walk produces enough energy to provide a cell phone about 30 minutes of talk time. Bionic Power has a contract to develop the technology for the Canadian military, and the company sees potential in supplying disaster response workers as well as hikers. The device also holds potential for prosthetic limbs, which increasingly require battery-supplied electricity.