Finger swipes on phone screen will power its guts – MSU’s innovation for energizing gadgets

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The need for finding an endless resource to power new day gadgets is the craving of every leading research center in the world. That one magic material which will provide us with an abundant resource of power, enough to keep our gadgets charged for weeks even months. Well, Michigan State University engineering researchers have taken a detour and come-up with an ingenious way to charge phones, and could pave way for future mobile device charging mechanisms.

The idea is to harness the energy generated by the swipes of a user on the phone itself. This will be possible using the nano-generators which harvest the energy generated from human motion. Called as FENG (biocompatible ferroelectret nanogenerator), the device could pave way for powering wearables and other gadgets which require constant power.

Nelson Sepulveda, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at MSU;

We’re on the path toward owning wearable devices powered by human motion. 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.

Research for the same is headed by Nelson Sepulveda and his research team, and they have good news. Nelson has managed to create a prototype foldable keyboard and LCD touchscreen (having 20 LEDs) based on this very device. The swiping inputs generate energy which powers the flexible keyboard, and in a way makes it self-sustainable.

Although, the technology is still in its early stages, Nelson is confident of its applications.



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