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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Can running with your iPod charge the device?

From this morning's CES Smart Brief:

In the future, it may be possible to charge a smartphone, MP3 player or other CE device simply by running or walking with it. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on a system that uses extremely small nanowires that can transform mechanical energy such as that derived from physical activity into electrical energy. A report in PC World explains how these wires work and the potential seen by researchers to change the length of time we can use electronic devices between formal charges,

And that's not all. According to PC World:  "Many research efforts are also under way to harvest energy from other free energy resources. For example, Intel is working on tiny sensors that can capture energy from sources such as sunlight and body heat, which could power personal electronic devices such as cell phones for indefinite periods without recharging. Some devices such as watches are already available that are being powered by body heat."

Technology marches on...