Essential Pittsburgh
4:14 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Sole Power: Getting an Innovative Product to Market

Sole Power captures the energy in a step normally lost to the surrounding environment and converts it into electrical power.
Sole Power captures the energy in a step normally lost to the surrounding environment and converts it into electrical power.
Credit Sole Power

Like a power-packed Dr. Scholl's insert, Sole Power is a device that allows people to charge devices as they walk. It's currently in the prototype, fundraising phase, but is said to have the potential to fully charge small devices like a cell phone with 2 and a half miles of walking.

"We're hoping to serve military personnel, people stuck in emergency situations, hikers and people in developing nations who don’t have access to electricity on a regular basis."  Says Matthew Stanton, Founder of Sole Power.

The device has both software and hardware components and as a startup, Sole Power is one of the most recent graduates of the AlphaLab accelerator program.  According to Terri Glueck, Innovation Works Director of Communications and Community Development, Sole Power also served as inspiration for AlphaLab Gear.  Find out what it takes to get an innovative product to market.

Guests: Terri Glueck, Innovation Works Director of Communications and Community Development and Matthew Stanton, Founder of Sole Power talk about the innovative device, its applications and what it takes to get an exciting product to market.