In the effort to overcome the ever present challenge of low battery power, a new tech is being developed.
A new form of mobile technology is now in development as British researchers have now proved that it is possible to be able to charge a smartphone battery simply by using everyday noise as a source of energy.
The Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has now created a prototype device in cooperation with Nokia.
The prototype of this mobile technology generates adequate power to be able to charge a smartphone simply by exposing it to sounds that are typically considered to be nuisance noise. For example, unwanted music, a crowd cheering at a sports event, or even heavy traffic, can all be used as the primary source of energy for this charging gadget.
The mobile technology device is around the same size as a Nokia Lumia smartphone.
The cell phone chargers is made up of nanogenerators that can convert the vibrations that are caused by movement or soundwaves into electricity that can be stored within a battery. This was not the first effort made by the team at QMUL. They had previously demonstrated a concept that was quite similar that could allow solar cells to achieve improved performance. The demo boosted the energy production of the cells when loud music was played.
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The latest innovation of the concept makes it possible for mobile phones to be able to benefit from what it has to offer. In theory, this could virtually eliminate the risk of running out of battery or requiring the user to find a place to plug the device in when it needs more juice.
QMUL researcher, Joe Briscoe, from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, said that “Being able to keep mobile devices working for longer, or do away with batteries completely by tapping into the stray energy that is all around us is an exciting concept.” Briscoe worked with his colleague, Steve Dunn, in order to develop the concept.
He also stated that this mobile technology development collaboration was a great chance to come up with an designs for an alternative device that use scalable and inexpensive methods. He is hopeful that this tech has now been brought a step “closer to viability.”