Researchers at Empa have developed an incredible new material that generates electricity from mechanical stress. This thin, flexible, rubber film could potentially be used in everything from clothing to pacemakers.
Ultimately, researchers hope that the material will become useful in every facet of life – from robotics to clothing to medical technologies that people use to survive like a pacemaker.
The material will allow pacemakers to power themselves without the need for invasive procedures to change the batteries.
It could probably even be used to obtain energy from the human body, by implanting it near the heart to generate electricity from the heartbeat.It is clear that such a unique material could one day prove to be life-saving for humans. As we grow ever-more dependent on electronic devices —
some even arguing that we will ultimately become cyborgs — it will be essential that electronics develop to be more in-tune with us.
As such, an organic, rubber material that generates electricity from mechanical stress and movement could be so revolutionary. It combines the unique properties of the piezoelectric effect with the convenience of comfortable, wearable electronics. Who knew stress could be so advantageous?