Researchers at MIT have developed a way of converting slight body motions into electricity!
The study, published in Nature Communications January 6th, illustrated a method similar to how lithium-ion batteries work, absorbing and transforming mechanical energy produced by a moving body into electricity.
Researchers placed a liquid electrolyte-saturated porous polymer sheet in between two lithium alloy layers. The polymer sheets transports the ions from one lithium alloy to the other; bending these layers during physical activity compresses the ions through the polymer sheet, generating voltage.
The materials are both inexpensive and flexible, which makes it perfect for the wearable market!
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