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Published on December 12th, 2016 | by Emergent Enterprise

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Your Own Motion Could One Day Power Your Cell Phone

Emergent Enterprise E-E says: One of the challenges to enterprise mobility is device power. What if a member of your target audience forgets to charge their device and is rendered helpless to do their job? Today’s post presents a way that the device would always be powered if your employee is in motion during the workday. In fact, if the device isn’t charged – you will know they are not working! Do you have workers that would benefit from this upcoming technology? Share thoughts below.

Source: Sharon Gaudin, cio.com, December 9, 2016

Looking forward to the day when you don’t have to charge your cell phone or activity tracker?

That day might not be as far away as you think.

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a device they’ve dubbed a nanogenerator that lets motion charge a mobile device or a wearable.

A cell phone using this technology, for instance, would need no battery. Your own motion would provide power.

“What I foresee, relatively soon, is the capability of not having to charge your cell phone for an entire week, for example, because that energy will be produced by your movement,” said Nelson Sepulveda, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University, in a written statement. “We’re on the path toward wearable devices powered by human motion.”

According to the university, the nanogenerator is built with a silicone wafer that is then layered with films made of silver, polyimide and polypropylene ferroelectret. Then ions are added so each layer of the device has charged particles.

When the device is subjected to motion, it creates electrical energy.

The nanogenerator, which is as thin as a sheet of paper, is adaptable to different sizes and applications. Researchers have been able to use it to power an LCD touch screen, a bank of 20 LED lights and a flexible keyboard.

The device used to power the LED lights was palm-sized, for example, while the one used to power the touch screen was as small as a finger, according to the university.

Scientists said the device becomes more powerful if it’s folded.

“Each time you fold it, you are increasing exponentially the amount of voltage you are creating,” Sepulveda said in the statement. “You can start with a large device, but when you fold it once, and again, and again, it’s now much smaller and has more energy. Now it may be small enough to put in a specially made heel of your shoe so it creates power each time your heel strikes the ground.”

That energy could then be transferred from the shoe to a headset.

The device, which is still be studied, is lightweight, flexible, relatively inexpensive and scalable, the university said.

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