When Bill Ostrom saw the first biomechanical energy-harvesting device prototype developed by a team of researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, he was instantly captivated by the possibilities. Imagine being able to use the motion of walking to generate power—enough to charge a cell phone, tablet or batteries. “I was excited about all the potential,” explains Bill. “I knew there wasn’t anything like this on the market, and I was especially impressed by how powerful the device was.”
So, Bill incorporated Go Kin Packs in August 2013. His goal: to bring an exciting new biomechanical energy-harvesting device to the worldwide market. The result is the Go Kin. Batteries and electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets and handheld global positioning systems (GPS) easily be recharged from two USB ports embedded in the patent-pending device, which also contains a battery to store energy. Five minutes of walking provides 10 to 25 minutes of talk time on a cell phone. PARTEQ Innovations, the organization that commercializes inventions at Queen’s, set up the licensing agreement and patent pending.
Bill came on board because of his interest in renewable energy and his extensive experience in the outdoor industry. As owner and and operator of Ostrom Outdoors, he brings 26 years experience in designing and manufacturing packs for the outdoor recreation, industrial, travel and military markets to the table. He continues to consult on custom pack design and prototype development. And of course, he has designed a set of packs that house the Go Kin device. Passionate about Canadian design and manufacturing, Bill is working with Thunder Bay engineering companies to further develop Prototype 4 for the Go Kin device, which will improve mechanical efficiency and incorporate the electronic circuitry. Field testing is now underway so the Go Kin can meet its projected launch of late 2014.