According to Midé Technology, to harvest energy from a vibrating source you first need to ascertain the frequency and amplitude of the vibration. Until now this has been a difficult and expensive step. According to the company, the release of the Slam Stick™ Vibration Recorder now makes that information more accessible, and is seen as the first step in developing an effective vibration energy harvesting system. The Slam Stick can also be used to characterize g-levels and vibrations in machinery, perform modal surveys, or in other situations where a quick and easy vibration measurement is required.
The Slam Stick™ is a high speed, ultra portable, rechargeable, data logger capable of measuring acceleration in all three axes. The device uses a USB Port for on the fly configuring, charging and downloading of data. Simple configuration software included with the product allows users to tailor the device to their specific needs.