August 05, 2004

I Keep Going And Going….

Mobile phones, MP3 players and other small devices that are "wearable" might soon be powered by the human body.

researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) are working on a project to see how the body can generate electricity to run mobile devices.

…one of the ways to turn the human body into an energy generator is to fix some piezo-electric material, in this case ceramic, on the soles of a pair of shoes.

Wearing these shoes, they claim, will produce the electricity required for transferring data from one person to another via the skin, says Cheok.

For instance, a handshake can mean an automatic exchange of business cards electronically between the handheld computers of both persons.

Shades of The Matrix aside, this is pretty cool. For these small devices we might leapfrog fuel cells and go straight to personal power.

Via KurzweilAI
Posted by Stephen Gordon at August 5, 2004 03:14 PM | TrackBack

I live for the day when all the spaghetti wires go away. Tell me, please, that it will happen!

Posted by: Kathy at August 5, 2004 08:39 PM

There is also the possibility of collecting digestive methane and running it thru a fuel cell...

Posted by: triticale at August 12, 2004 07:57 PM
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