HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
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
Latest Analysis
A Frost & Sullivan study finds that increased cyber attacks are prompting a flurry of innovative protection tools.
Devices and interconnected systems are finding a foothold not only in our homes but in mainstream organizations. Here are three tips to mitigate the risk.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
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
3/31/2015 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.
Mar 30 - Apr3, Getting Hands-On with Cypress’ PSoC
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.
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