06 Jun '12, 12pm

A Virus That Helps Charge Your Cellphone

A Virus That Helps Charge Your Cellphone

A Virus That Helps Charge Your Cellphone By JIM WITKIN Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory A microgenerator powered by the M13 virus, which is harmless to humans. Scientists at the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say they have created a virus that generates electricity . The research is described as a first step toward using genetically engineered viruses to build devices that convert the body’s motion into electricity. Such personal power generators — compact, wafer-thin devices attached to clothing or inserted in shoes — could produce enough electricity to power cellphones or other small electronic gadgets, said the project’s chief investigator, Seung-Wuk Lee . This piezoelectric method for producing power by converting mechanical force or motion to electricity is already widely used in cars and a number of manufacturing processes. Cigarette l...

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