Two 15-year-old school boys have developed a device that will enable a shoe to charge a mobile phone while walking. Anand Gangadharan and Mohak Bhalla, both students of south Delhi’s Mount Carmel school, have invented a compact attachment, which, when attached to the heel of the shoe, will automatically act as a portable mobile charger. Named ‘Walkie Mobi Charger’, this gadget generates electricity up to six volts, as against five volts released through a plug point and ensures that the phone battery is charged at a faster pace. So if a plug-in charger takes half-an-hour to charge a phones up to 25%, the walking device will charge 40% of the battery in the same time……….. The device functions on the principle of electromagnetic induction. The compression and relaxation caused by walking creates pressure on the sponge attached in the middle which produces electricity.Two LEDs, blue and red, indicate the supply of electricity and battery charging, respectively.The device is equipped to charge several models of phones. All one needs to do is connect the charger to the shoe while the phone rests in your pocket. “This is an effective way to utilise an alternate source of energy and is also a healthy way to decrease your electricity bills,” they said.
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“I enrolled in a Business Administration course in Delhi,” says Delhi-based Instagrammer Chandan Khanna (@khannachandan), “but could not finish it as my passion was always photography.”
Chandan instead became a photojournalist, traveling across his home country of India and sharing his journey on Instagram. “The uniqueness in inanimate objects differentiates one place from another,” he explains, “but the people remain the same, their hopes and despairs remain the same.”
Chandan credits technology for creating a new generation of Indian photographers. “We have plenty of gigabytes to fill in, now we can experiment more than the photographers could earlier,“ he says. “We could research more, explore more, see whatever is happening in the world without even moving our head sometimes.”
Artist Olek was recently invited to create a piece in New Delhi, India for the St+art Delhi street art festival. Olek chose a night shelter for homeless women and with the help of a full team of volunteers and organizers she transformed the corrugated metal structure into a colorful crochet installation inspired by basic Indian Iconography such as the elephant, the butterfly and flowers.