It’s possible. If this is the first time you’ve read about piezoelectricity, don’t fret. It’s old, dating back to the dawn of the electric age. Pizoelectric has been around for well nigh 200 years. Is it still relevant? According to a handful of researchers, it is. The crucial testing happened at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). What happened was a thin piezoelectric film was used to generate power and it worked.
The implications of this humdrum experiment are quite exciting as it could find a broad application in computers. Simply put, as piezoelectric surfaces produce energy through mechanical pressure, then the same might apply to a keyboard. You type, you power.
The important quote to come out of the RMIT experiments are from Dr. Madhu Bhaskaran. According to her, The power of piezoelectrics could be integrated into running shoes to charge mobile phones, enable laptops to be powered through typing or even used to convert blood pressure into a power source for pacemakers – essentially creating an everlasting battery.
So the key to a piezoelectric gadget age is viability then. And eager hands. It would be cool if touchscreens would charge the entire device at the brush of a fingertip.
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