Technology

10/02/2013

Recharge gadgets with your bodyheat

Thermoelectric Converter

(From Daily Mail) It may sound like something out of the Matrix but a groundbreaking new invention could transform the way we power our lives by using our bodyheat to generate electricity.

Fujifilm has developed a light-weight film that sticks to skin and gathers heat energy emitted from the body which is then converted in to electricity.

The device – called a thermoelectric converter – means we may soon be able to charge our smartphones while out and about by simply using our own energy.

The development could bring an end to the traditional method of using battery chargers from electrical points to power our phones.

And with the aid of solar panels to make the conversion more effective, the generator may also be able to charge larger electrical items such as laptops and eReaders.

As well as powering our ever-increasingly high-tech lives, the inventors also hope the device can be worn on the skin by patients to charge their medical devices.

The organic polymer material was created by Fujifilms jointly with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

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