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Scientists Develop Bracelets That Can Convert Human Body Heat Into Energy


Scientists Develop Bracelets That Can Convert Human Body Heat Into Energy
Scientists have developed a wearable device that has the technological ability to use the human body to power itself and hence do not use batteries. This technological development could be e very interesting one for the fans of the dystopian movie The Matrix.
Reflecting the use of enslaved humans by the world domineering robots as had been shown in the 1999 cyberpunk movie, scientists and researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder of the United States have developed a gadget that is environment friendly and one that can use the heat from a human body and convert that into energy for powering itself as well as other wearable devices.
The new gadget is in the form of a stretchy ring or bracelet that is comprised of thermoelectric chips that have the technology to convert human body heat into electrical energy. According to the research published in the journal Science Advances, this newly developed strip could be worn by tech lovers and use it to power their own watches or fitness trackers.
For the lovers of the iconic film that starred Keanu Reeves and in which humans are trapped in the Matrix, which is a simulated reality, while they are hooked up to machines which provides them electrical power for robots that have taken over the world, this new idea or technology would sound very familiar and similar.
"(Thermoelectric devices) can provide continuous power to wearable devices and could potentially replace batteries in the future," said the paper's senior author, Jianliang Xiao, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in emailed comments.
The scientists and the researchers behind the development of this new technology hope that this gadget would at least partially be able to provide a solution to problem of pollution caused by electronic waste, he said and added that the new gadget is completely recyclable and hence very environment friendly.
The scientists claimed that about 1 volt of energy per square centimetre of skin covered by it is generated by the newly developed device.
Xiao said it would take anything between five to ten years to be made available commercially in the market because there is need for more research on the technology so that the quantity of power generated by the device could be increased and for it to be manufactured for the masses.
"Just don't tell the robots," the university said in a statement. "We don't want them getting any ideas.