Hawaii Entrepreneur Invents Electric Hiking Boot
Honolulu, Hawaii, July 27 (DHN) – A Hawaii based entrepreneur and inventor Paul Gerstenberger claims that he has invented a hiking boot that generates electricity. Before you dismiss this bit of news as a bunch of Star Trek gibberish, Hawaii entrepreneur Paul Gerstenberger has already received a federal trademark from the U.S. government back on January 4, 2011. In fact, Gersterberger has 28 patents for his new electricity generating footwear. Called the Zapps’ “Survivor” hiking boot, this hi-tech and futuristic boot will include an electronic fire-starter, high-intensity strobe light, and most importantly a satellite-based locator system in case you get lost (since over 50,000 search and rescue missions are conducted every year for lost hikers). The boots even feature toe heaters to prevent frostbite. Best of all, these electric hiking boots will be able to charge your iPhone! Since the late 19th century when electricity came to the forefront of American lifestyle through the efforts of Edison and Tesla, inventors have been looking for ways to combine footwear and electricity. John Wilson Gibbs of New York City applied for a patent in 1903 claiming to have invented electric shoes, although of course not much ever came from his invention. Hawaii entrepreneur Gerstenberger says that Survivor hiking boot was originally developed in conjunction with the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency that helps U.S. maintain technological superiority for the military and national security. The electric hiking boot uses electret film to produce electricity every time it is compressed when someone takes a step in the footwear.