Randy Frank is a contributing editor for Design News and has more than 30 years experience in automotive systems including automotive electronics, semiconductors, and sensors. Randy is the author of Understanding Smart Sensors, editor of Occupant Detection and Sensing for Smart Air Bag Systems, an SAE Fellow and former Chairman of Sensor Standards Committee in the Society of Automotive Engineers, and an IEEE Fellow and former Chairman of the Automotive Electronics Technical Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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