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AMPY: Your movement is your power
AMPY captures your kinetic energy when you move and stores it, so you can recharge your smartphone when you need it the most.
AMPY charges iPhones, Android phones, and any other USB-powered device.
Walk, run, or cycle... The more you move, the more battery life you get.
AMPY stores the energy you generate in the internal lithium ion battery. Simply plug in your smartphone or wearable device into the USB port to start charging. In a hurry? We engineered AMPY to charge your devices just as fast as a wall outlet.
AMPY's internal battery stores about a week's worth of physical activity and stays ready to use for months. You can also recharge AMPY from a wall outlet if needed using the micro-USB port on top.
Move the way you want. Charge whenever you want.
AMPY fits right into your lifestyle. Our accessory kit enables you to get creative with the way you move and capture more energy with AMPY. It comes with a sleeve, armband, and clip.
The AMPY Backer Challenge
We can't wait to see how you move with AMPY! To show you our commitment to living green and staying fit, here's our Backer Challenge:
Personal Clean Energy
AMPY is one of the only ways for you to produce your own clean energy. When you charge with AMPY instead of from the wall, you're offsetting the carbon footprint of your devices using green energy that you generated!
AMPY Smartphone App
Want to know how much power you're generating? The AMPY smartphone app tracks:
- The amount of energy you've generated
- The number of calories you've burned
- Your carbon footprint offset from charging with AMPY
Compare your stats with other AMPY users, and share directly on Twitter and Facebook.
To get your info, simply enter a few settings and the AMPY app will calculate these statistics. In the future, AMPY will relay the information directly to your phone so you don't have to enter anything in!
AMPY works without the app. Just wear AMPY and move. It will capture your energy and charge your electronics when you plug them in.
Team & Technology
It started with a frustration we all have — a dead smartphone at the worst time.
AMPY's co-founders -- Tejas Shastry, Alex Smith, and Mike Geier -- met in an entrepreneurship class at Northwestern University during their engineering PhDs. As active urbanites, they wanted to capture the energy from our daily activities to charge their phones. They engineered a solution to do just that, creating the technology that powers AMPY (formerly known as myPowr).
We see the technology behind AMPY being integrated directly into smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other devices yet to be invented, so you never have to plug them in.
We designed AMPY to be small and lightweight. Our patent-pending and proprietary inductor technology enables the device to generate significant power while remaining compact so it fits into your life.
Bringing human power to life
Our team of engineers and designers crafted dozens of generations of prototypes before we got it right, including hours of product testing, hundreds of customer interactions, and dozens of 3D-printed models.
Our product is validated and has won numerous awards, including the Clean Energy Trust Consumer Favorite Prize, the 1776 Global Challenge Cup Crowd Favorite, and the Energy Prize at the Northwestern University Venture Challenge.
AMPY is ready to launch
We recently won the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award! The award will assist us in the tooling costs and production costs of AMPY's casing.
Our campaign is Dragon Certified, ensuring we have an achievable manufacturing plan.
Why We Need You
We need your help to get AMPY beyond hand-made prototypes, to gear up for mass production, and put AMPY into your hands! Our final working prototype is fully tested, and we have lined up manufacturing partners to produce our first few thousand units. But to move forward, we need your help.
- Your pledge will help cover the manufacturing (tooling, materials, assembly) and other costs associated with bringing a retail-ready AMPY model to customers.
- Your input will improve AMPY. Feedback is very important to us and we'd love to know what you think about our product! Comment on our Kickstarter page or email us.
- Your support will show others that a greener future is possible. Our vision for AMPY doesn't stop here. We're committed to developing more ways of transforming human movement into usable energy for all the devices we love, so we never have to plug in.
Perks and Stretch Goals
Our perks feature the following configurations:
Risks and challenges
Our greatest potential for delay is aligning all of the manufacturing sources at competitive pricing. We are very confident in the capabilities of our product, and are working with strategic partnerships with manufacturers —and our advisory board of experts — to transition from advanced prototypes to production-quality units.
To lessen this risk, our design and Kickstarter campaign have been Dragon certified, ensuring that we can manufacturer our product within our funding goal and our projected time frame.
Another risk is our ability to get to market fast. This technology space is growing rapidly. Our patent-pending inductor technology along with a successful Kickstarter campaign would give us a significant competitive advantage in the kinetic charging arena.
By backing our campaign, you're helping us get there!
We really appreciate your consideration.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
AMPY stores your power for whenever your ready to charge. You can charge your phone while moving with AMPY or later in the day when you need it the most.
AMPY contains a 1000 mAh battery, giving you enough juice to get through the day while keeping AMPY light and small.
AMPY is 2.5" x 2.5" x 0.75" and weighs 140 g (about the weight of your smartphone).
AMPY is great at capturing the energy from walking, running, cycling, and other human motions. The vibrations from a moving car are probably too weak to significantly charge AMPY (unless you're driving on a REALLY bumpy road).
Yes, AMPY can be charged from the wall using a standard micro-USB cord.
AMPY does not come with an accessory cable. If you want a short cable like the ones in our video, check out dCables awesome Kickstarter!
Yes, we can ship AMPY overseas.
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