HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
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)

Return to Article

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Will be interesting to see how it's used commercially
Elizabeth M   11/11/2013 11:44:24 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Will be interesting to see how it's used commercially
Charles Murray   11/11/2013 7:01:01 PM
NO RATINGS
I'm sure you're right, Liz. It's unlikely Disney would do this unless they had a very specific application in mind.

Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
piezoelectric devices
Mydesign   11/12/2013 12:26:37 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
"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.

Mydesign
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Will be interesting to see how it's used commercially
Mydesign   11/12/2013 12:29:10 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
"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
User Rank
Blogger
Re: piezoelectric devices
Elizabeth M   11/12/2013 8:20:34 AM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Will be interesting to see how it's used commercially
Elizabeth M   11/12/2013 8:21:37 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

Cadman-LT
User Rank
Platinum
Charge?
Cadman-LT   11/12/2013 11:22:45 AM
NO RATINGS
Elizabeth, make a suit of this stuff...plug in your cell phone...never run out of power.

Cadman-LT
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Charge?
Cadman-LT   11/12/2013 11:28:20 AM
NO RATINGS
Better yet...a jogging suit...with a small backpack....charge all of your batteries for your devices while you take your morning jog.

GTOlover
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Will be interesting to see how it's used commercially
GTOlover   11/12/2013 12:45:44 PM
NO RATINGS
How about energy harvesting the button push of the TV remote! Never have to replace the remote control batteries.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Charge?
Elizabeth M   11/13/2013 3:43:15 AM
NO RATINGS
Sounds like a good idea, Cadman-LT, but how would that work exactly? :)

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Data from a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation undermine the idea of a US manufacturing renaissance.
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a nonprofit agency that represents diesel engine and equipment manufacturers.
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 26 - 30, IPv6 for Micros – Hands-On
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service