- Shalton Mothwa developed the AEON power bag which wirelessly charges smart devises
- The device has huge potential to provide energy to rural areas
- Shalton developed the idea while completing his Honours in Applied Physics
South African nuclear physicist, Shalton Mothwa, 28, is the brilliant young mind behind the AEON power bag. The power bag allows people to charge electronic devices wireless, anywhere, anytime. The AEON power bag is a invaluable innovation in this day and age and promises to revolutionize the tech-industry in South Africa, Briefly.co.za found.
The project has received funding of up to R1 million from the SAB Foundation and the Technology Innovation Agency. He is also supported by Tshwane University of Technology.
While every person who has run out of juice for their devices has imagined such a device, how the idea was designed and implemented is what makes it so incredible. Shalton and his partner designed the bag to convert telecoms signals into electrical energy.
The value in the AEON bag lies far beyond being able to charge smart devices. It can potentially power rural and marginalised areas, cost-effectively and with reduced harm to the environment.
Anyone who knew Shalton as a young boy could hardly be surprised at his huge success. Since he was a child, he dreamed about being an inventor. He was beguiled by technology and electronics and discovering the mechanics behind things, determined to understand how they work.
His passion for technology undoubtedly stemmed from his grandfather, who owned an electrical workshop.
Taking his love for understanding the physics behind ordinary objects to another level, Shalton went on to obtain a BSc degree majoring in Electronics and Physics. He took this even further and got a Honours in Applied Nuclear Physics.
The idea for the AEON bag came to him while he was completing his Honours degree. Shalton had an old laptop and cellphone that constantly required charging. Frustrated by being confined to a plug point in order to complete his work, Shalton and his friends came up with the simple idea to design a portable charging device.
An impressive academic record is just the tip of the iceberg for the talented innovator.
Shalton’s ability to look at ordinary and mundane objects and see magic instead is what makes him such a successful physicist, and a source of pride for South Africa.
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