Researchers have developed a new tool that can speed up the design of smart-wearables, according to a study conducted on April 17, 2018.
This study was conducted by the experts from the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) at the University of Surrey. This new methodology developed by the researchers will help the designers of smart wearables to understand the performance of their products prior to the manufacturing and usage of these products.
The technology is mainly based on materials that get electrically charged once they come into contact with each other, which are known as triboelectric materials. Triboelectric Nanogenerators (TENGs) use this static charge to harvest energy from movement through a process called electrostatic induction. Different varieties of TENGs have been designed earlier, which can convert almost any type of movement into electricity. However, the tool developed in this study gives manufacturers an accurate understanding of the output power their design would create once produced.
This newly developed technology will be beneficial in the production of plastic nanoscale electronics for wearable sensors, electronic tags, and other electronic devices. Ishara Dharmasena, lead scientist on this project said, “The future global energy mix will depend on renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind, motion, vibrations and tidal. TENGs are a leading technology to capture and convert motion energy into electricity, extremely useful in small scale energy harvesting applications.” She further said that this study will, for the first time, provide universal guidance to develop, compare and improve various TENG designs. New forms of affordable and renewable energy sources are urgently required in the world. Furthermore, this study provides an opportunity for the consumer electronics industry.