DailyDirt: Harnessing The Energy All Around Us

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Wearable devices would be a whole lot more convenient if they didn't need to be charged regularly -- if only self-winding watches could also be smartwatches. It's not an entirely crazy idea, but smartwatches would have to be very energy efficient and not use much power in the first place. Nano-generators and ambient energy harvesting aren't quite ready to keep the latest gadgets going indefinitely, but folks are working on this problem. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Don Hills, Aug 19th, 2014 @ 5:11pm

    Thermoelectric Generators

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Aug 19th, 2014 @ 6:45pm

    Is it bad that when I was reading the plasma article the first thing I thought of was the Plasma Gun from Doom?

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    G Thompson (profile), Aug 19th, 2014 @ 9:04pm

    Or you could just scavenge the ambient energy of WIFI, commercial radio, Digital TV, Mobile/Cell transmissions, etc etc.. Nowadays the frequency range is a LOT wider than decades ago.

    Mightn't give much power but its all "free" though legislation in some countries frowns on it because they are saying you are "stealing" power. *eyeroll*

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 19th, 2014 @ 10:25pm

    Yes, this, along with the obligatory motion or oscillation generation, and/or perhaps piezoelectric insoles for your shoes that wirelessly(love u Tesla) xfers to your device, OR charges based on induction.

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 26th, 2014 @ 10:41pm

    "Controlled bursts of plasma could transfer energy quickly from location to location, but it's not that easy to direct plasma outside of a vacuum tube surrounded by electromagnets."

    Oh great. Here come the EPS conduits that are always blowing out and putting people in harm's way in Star Trek.

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