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Disney Develops Energy-Harvesting Finger-Touch Tech
11/11/2013

The Paper Generator harvests energy when the user rubs, taps, or slides a finger over a thin sheet of Teflon sandwiched between two thin sheets of reactive material. Invented by researchers at Disney Research, the technology could be used to power small devices or interactive technologies for e-games or displays.(Source: Disney Research)
The Paper Generator harvests energy when the user rubs, taps, or slides a finger over a thin sheet of Teflon sandwiched between two thin sheets of reactive material. Invented by researchers at Disney Research, the technology could be used to power small devices or interactive technologies for e-games or displays.
(Source: Disney Research)

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Elizabeth M
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Will be interesting to see how it's used commercially
Elizabeth M   11/11/2013 11:44:24 AM
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I imagine Disney has some inventions up its sleeve for this technology. I'm sure it will be a boon to kids' toys, games and also promotional materials.

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Charles Murray   11/11/2013 7:01:01 PM
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I'm sure you're right, Liz. It's unlikely Disney would do this unless they had a very specific application in mind.

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piezoelectric devices
Mydesign   11/12/2013 12:26:37 AM
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"Researchers at Disney have developed a technology that can generate enough energy from the movement of a fingertip to light a string of LEDs or to control lights or other electrical components on e-paper or printed materials."

Elizabeth, it's possible to generate a small amount of energy through the figure tip touch. In piezoelectric devices, energy can convert from one form to another by various means. By touch, the element can convert the touch force to an equivalent energy.

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Mydesign   11/12/2013 12:29:10 AM
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"I imagine Disney has some inventions up its sleeve for this technology. I'm sure it will be a boon to kids' toys, games and also promotional materials."

Elizabeth, no doubt for that. actually most of the parents are tired of changing the cells frequently, for their kids toys. Some mechanism for converting the toy activity to a self powering mode will be very good.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/12/2013 8:20:34 AM
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Thanks for your comment, Mydesign. It does seem like it is the touch and the movement that combine to generate energy in Disney's method.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/12/2013 8:21:37 AM
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Again, MyDesign, you make a very good point. If enough power could be generated to power the entire toy and not just some kind of light or gizmo on the top, then this technology would be even more useful.

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Charge?
Cadman-LT   11/12/2013 11:22:45 AM
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Elizabeth, make a suit of this stuff...plug in your cell phone...never run out of power.

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Cadman-LT   11/12/2013 11:28:20 AM
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Better yet...a jogging suit...with a small backpack....charge all of your batteries for your devices while you take your morning jog.

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Re: Will be interesting to see how it's used commercially
GTOlover   11/12/2013 12:45:44 PM
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How about energy harvesting the button push of the TV remote! Never have to replace the remote control batteries.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Charge?
Elizabeth M   11/13/2013 3:43:15 AM
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Sounds like a good idea, Cadman-LT, but how would that work exactly? :)

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