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Chew On This: Chin Strap Harvests Energy

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Wider application
Elizabeth M   10/1/2014 6:48:49 AM
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I found this technology interesting when I first read about it and then after talking to researchers, I realized it was meant for a fairly narrow class of applications. I still think it's quite cool and if the potential for harvesting energy from chewing can be applied more broadly, could have a real impact and the potential for providing a self-sustaining energy source for other devices. The thing is, as the system goes now, the design is a little bit clunky for anything more than a helmet-type application, and while this is a good idea for the things mentioned in the article, it would be better if energy could still be harvested without the strap itself. Jeremie was a really interesting person to talk to, and he and his fellow researchers do have bigger plans to harvest this type of energy, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

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