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Disney Develops Energy-Harvesting Finger-Touch Tech

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Will be interesting to see how it's used commercially
Ann R. Thryft   11/15/2013 11:49:01 AM
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I have to agree with Battar about TV. I don't have TV; I have Netflix. Once in awhile I find a (usually older) series I like, usually science fiction. Otherwise, I'm reading books.

Habib Tariq
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Power generating keyboard
Habib Tariq   11/17/2013 3:21:39 AM
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There is a similar idea circulating around where power can be generated from keyboard strokes and mouse movement. Piezoelectric crystals can be used for power generation. This can be deployed in laptops and can be used to increase battery's running time.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/18/2013 3:41:06 AM
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That's really interesting, Habib. Are you or do you know of anyone working on this technology? I could see that really being useful, as laptop batteries still drain too quickly for the real power computer user.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/18/2013 3:50:26 AM
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Ann, you make a good point about Disney--I wasn't aware they were involved in much research, either! That alone was news to me. The fact that it's pretty interesting and forward-thinking (as well as environmentally friendly) as well was also a surprise.

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Habib Tariq   11/19/2013 11:07:47 PM
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A team of researchers from Australia's RMIT University have been working on the concept of everlasting battery, and they think this possible. Their research has focused on studying how much energy can be captured using this method and currently around 1/10th the amount needed to power your average gadget is produced. Their next step would be to figure out on how to amplify the power stored, so it could be useful.
So work is being done in the similar lines. It will take some time before this technology actually takes a proper shape but will be worth the wait.

for reference: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=x7phmev409181

Habib Tariq
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Habib Tariq   11/19/2013 11:16:50 PM
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As a side note, laptop batteries have improved significantly since the release of 4th Gen processors. Intel claimed that it would increase the battery life by around 50%. Well the 50% case does not remain valid under all situations but yes battery life for laptops using 4th gen processor has increased. I am myself using a 4th gen processor and finally I am satisfied with my laptop's battery life.  

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/20/2013 7:53:46 AM
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You make a good point, Habib. Laptop batteries have indeed improved a lot over time but I still think they can be better. I recently bought a new Mac that has a two-hour-longer battery life than my old Mac and I definitely feel the difference, but I still could use even more juice sometimes.

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AnandY   11/24/2013 12:17:05 PM
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It is common knowledge that our bodies have some electricity but who would have thought our fingers could be used to generate energy and not simply control its flow. Fingers work with energy everyday starting from simple operations like flipping a switch to light a bulb. Now they actually light a bulb using their own energy.

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