Friday, 18 May, 2012 Technology

Researchers Used Viruses to Produce Gadget-Charging Technology


Usually we associate viruses with something that can make us feel sick. But a team of scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory managed to use these bad guys for a good purpose.

They came up with a method of using non-human viruses to generate electricity from kinetic energy. The discovery could lead to the development of portable electronics powered by human motions.

Researchers were able to create the piezoelectric device by covering a small electrode with engineered viruses. When the user taps the device with their finger, the gadget generate an electrical charge that's about 1/4th the voltage of an AAA battery.

It is possible that in the near future we will be able to power various gadgets by simply walking down the street, climbing stairs, opening/closing doors and doing a variety of other movements and it will all be possible thanks to a virus.

[via Tree Hugger]

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