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Coming Soon: the Laptop You Power by Typing

Coming Soon: the Laptop You Power by Typing

“, as a phenomenon, was discovered in the 19th century and is currently employed in things like electric cigarette lighters. Piezoelectric materials (like crystals or ceramics) have been studied thoroughly over the last century, but research on thin films is relatively new, according to the team’s research lead, Dr. Madhu Bhaskaran. ”Our study focused on thin film coatings, because we believe they hold the only practical possibility of integrating piezoelectrics into existing electronic technology,” she explains. Dr. Bhaskaran hopes to implement her research findings into consumer electronic form factors on a wide scale — but doesn’t stop there. ”The power of piezoelectrics could be integrated into running shoes to charge mobile phones, enable laptops to be powered through typing or even used to convert blood pressure into a power source for pacemakers — essentially creati...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/06/26/coming-soon-the-lapto...

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