Electric Shoes: Good For the Sole
Farmer, Zhao Xueqin, of Wugang, Henan province has invented a pair of electric shoes, which are actually battery-powered skates featuring headlights, indicators, brakes and brake lights.
He claims wearers of these special “skates” can run more than 100 miles a day with just the simple press of a button which propels them forward at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.
His inspiration sprang from a sense of compassion for the children who live in the rural regions of the country where every day they must walk many miles to go to school.
“My hometown is a mountainous village. The nearest school is more than 20km (more than 12 miles) away from our village, and kids have to get up each morning at 3am, walking three to four hours to arrive at school… I was thinking that it would be great if I could invent a pair of shoes that could do the running for the kids,” said Zhao.
It took him four years and £10,000 (more than US $14,000) to create and patent his electric shoes.
“The shoes can run continuously for three hours. For long distances, the rider can carry spare batteries. The design is actually very simple. It’s just a pair of trainers, a pair of 12V batteries and two skates, added Zhao.
The shoes are easy to wear once balance and direction are established and the user learns to lean forward while in motion.
Incredibly clever and useful, these shoes are an amazing invention certain to make life easier for many school children living in remote areas of China.
What’s next, my sustainable friends?
Can you possibly top this?