iPhone and iPod News: Powered by Body Movement in Future?

Here at OSM we love to hear of the latest technological advances and this latest story is pretty intriguing. It’s about a real breakthrough and if development progresses it could mean that in the future iPhones and iPods and other mobile devices, could be powered merely by body movement.

Scientists are talking about a chip that could generate power from the slightest body movement such as the heartbeat or a finger pinch. An earlier prototype of such a chip was produced but this new chip based on nanogenerators would be “thousands of times more powerful” than previous efforts, according to Christian Zibreg over on 9to5Mac, sourced from The Telegraph.

If this idea is developed in the future we could have devices that don’t need batteries and working prototypes are already in existence to power LCD display and diodes. That means that any device carried on your person could be used without batteries and in turn that would mean even lighter and slimmer devices. Zibreg points out that Apple could also use this technology in conjunction with work on solar panels that could generate power by soaking up rays as well.

Dr Zhong Lin Wang, lead researcher of the team at the Georgia Institute of Technology, said, “Our nanogenerators are poised to change lives in the future. Their potential is only limited by one’s imagination,” according to Daniel Bates of The Mail Online. This is certainly a pretty fascinating innovation and one that we think will interest a lot of people. What are your thoughts on this technological breakthrough? Let us know with your comments please.

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