Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a wearer's finger sweats or presses on it.
The device generates power even while the wearer is asleep or sitting still. "This work is a step forward to making wearables more practical, convenient and accessible for the everyday person," says Lu Yin, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.
The wearable device is a thin, flexible strip that can be wrapped around the fingertip like a Band-Aid. A padding of carbon foam electrodes absorbs sweat and converts it into electrical energy.
The energy harvester is described in "A Passive Perspiration Biofuel Cell: High Energy Return on Investment," published in the journal Joule.
From University of California, San Diego
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