Disney Develops Energy-Harvesting Finger-Touch Tech
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)
"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.
"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.
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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