Paper Generator Provides Power to LEDs

Paper Generator Provides Power to LEDs

Paper can also produce electricity. Well, Disney researchers have created a generator that can create pieces of paper capable of producing enough power to light up an LED and turn on an eBook screen.

Researcher Ivan Poupyrev said, "This simplicity leads to countless applications enabling interactivity everywhere and anytime. My overall goal is to make the whole world interactive, and creating ubiquitous power supplies is a key step in that direction".

Material used for paper holds a semi-permanent electric charge. Teflon is one of the charge holding electrets. To talk about the mechanism, opposite charge is created when Teflon is against an ordinary sheet of paper. The two are manually rubbed together to harness that energy.

It is very interesting as the generators are made of paper, which makes them extremely cheap. Poupyrev wrote that it is amazing that digital interactivity can be added to objects on truly massive scales, millions of units of packaging, posters, books, magazines, game boards, toys, tickets, maps, anything basically for free.

Technology has become a vital part of everyday life whether it is entertainment or daily work operations. Technology needs power and Disney Research has addressed the concern by replacing the need for a power supply in some instances with a paper generator.


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