Battery Free Devices are right around the corner. The technology has been harnessed to program modern devices like cell phones and tablets to receive and repurpose various stray electromagnetic fields that constantly surround us. Radio waves, mobile phone signals, wireless router frequencies, and even stray energy emitted from overhead power lines can all be harvested by the device and reused as battery power.
In the spring of 2013 we read about a German university student “Dennis Seigel” who has already invented and created a practical working unit for harvesting stray energy and using it to charge batteries. The idea is nothing new but for one reason or another it has yet to be refined and incorporated in our lives. He has some pretty cool media on his website. Check out how his device works and read a little more about him here.
A few months later reports of a project at Washington University were published about another device that uses a new communication technique dubbed “Ambient Backscatter“. The device uses mainly tv tower signals and reflect these signals slightly to create a Morse code of communication between battery-free devices and smart sensors.
The concept is much like solar power but in nano and digital form. Perpetual energy is a concept that has been studied for ages. The earth itself is magnetized and coursing with electricity besides the man made sources we emit continuously and until the sun stops shining or the earth stops spinning, there should be no reason these concepts and technologies cannot be incorporated into our every day life.
On an extension of this subject, IBM just released its’ creation of the worlds smallest computer processor chip which it worked on with GlobalFoundries, Samsung, and the State University of New York (SUNY). The parts that are barely bigger than a strand of DNA and is 4 times more powerful and half the size of todays best microprocessors. Instead of regular silicon, it used something called silicon germanium, as well as a process called extreme ultraviolet lithography. Today’s best chips have transistors that measure about 14 nanometers. (A nanometer is one billionth of a meter.) The next generation of chips that are coming (but aren’t in use yet) will have 10-nanometer transistors. IBM’s new chip, however, has transistors that measure just 7 nanometers.
The possibilities are endless with the technology that is being currently developed regarding nano technology and energy repurposing. Most people would simply imagine how this would improve their personal services or products like a cell phone or television, but the implementations into the medical field, industrial safety and remote monitoring industry, space industry, artificial intelligence “ai” advancements and virtually EVERY known man made thing will be effected.