Bill Ostrom incorporated Go Kin Packs in August 2013. His goal: to bring an exciting new biomechanical energy-harvesting device to the worldwide market. The co-inventors of the Go Kin device are a team of researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In under a year, the design team successfully refined the original prototype, which weighed 40 lbs (18 kg), to a sleek 2.6lbs/1.2kg design. The result is the Go Kin: a unique patent-pending device that generates electricity through the power of walking. Batteries and electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets and handheld global positioning systems (GPS) are easily recharged from two USB ports embedded in the 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 is designing 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 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 fall 2014.