It’s the hot ticket item these days: wearable tech. In many cases, it’s only a novelty, but researchers at North Carolina State University are changing this concept for the better, making it into something that makes its wearers more productive simply by going about their business.
Body Heat to Power Provided by Wearable Tech
Meet the TEG, a simple abbreviation for a thermoelectric generator. In this case, it’s also wearable tech that allows people to change their body heat into a source of electricity. “The experimental prototypes are lightweight, conform to the shape of the body, and can generate far more electricity than previous lightweight heat harvesting technologies.” Obviously, the minds behind this invention have a lot to be excited about.
The public should laud this development, too, as it’s just one example of how far science and technology have come and how far they will be able to go. Specifically, it clearly shows off developments in the field of health and medicine, as this creation specifically is meant to power devices that can, say, “track heart health.” It’s also a move made toward having these kinds of devices “on hand” at all times without needing to rely on batteries, which – as many people know from experience – can die when you most need them.
So, how do they work? In a nutshell, the machine converts the difference in temperature between the person and the air and transforms it into a source of power. As wearable tech goes, this variation is said to be lighter and less bulky than previous iterations, which made them fairly difficult to use comfortably. Even better, it’s flexible in its potential for future adjustments: “the TEG is only one centimeter squared, but we can easily make it larger, depending on a device’s power needs.”
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