Free Power from a Flexible Patch

Free Power from a Flexible Patch

Engineers love a challenge, especially when they can conjure unique solutions. Researchers from the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics leading an international team have developed a novel means to power wearables. Led by PSU Professor Larry...
Like Water for Energy [Video]

Like Water for Energy [Video]

Health Tech Insider publisher Alfred Poor wrote in 2015 that energy harvesting is key to wearable success. Alfred’s premise was that for wearables to be ultimately successful they had to “disappear into our lives.” If we need to replace batteries or...
Accidental Discovery: Energy Harvesting from Air

Accidental Discovery: Energy Harvesting from Air

What do penicillin, microwave ovens, pacemakers, Silly Putty, LSD, The Slinky, Post-It notes, X-rays, and inkjet printers have in common? They were all discovered by accident, usually by scientists investigating or intent on inventing something completely different....
Flexible Fabric Harvests Body Heat for IoT

Flexible Fabric Harvests Body Heat for IoT

The search for efficient power sources for wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices takes many directions. In the past, we’ve written about technology that harvests energy from knee movement, sunlight, nanotube yarn, and more. Scientists at the Electronics...