12/10/2013 7:21:50 AM
Zhong Lin Wang, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is using the triboelectric effect to create electrical power by rubbing or touching two different materials together. He believes the discovery can provide a new way to power mobile devices such as sensors and smartphones by capturing the otherwise wasted mechanical energy from such sources as walking, the wind blowing, vibration, ocean waves or even cars driving by.
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