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UCLA researchers develop wearable device that generates electricity from body movement


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 20th, 2021

Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a wearable technology that converts human body movements into electricity.

The bioelectronic device is the size of a U.S. quarter and produces a magnetoelastic effect that generates electricity as body motion triggers microscopic magnets embedded in a silicone matrix. The device is soft, flexible and resistant to sweat and humid conditions.

According to the university, the technology generates four times more electricity than wearable metal alloy devices—potentially enough to generate power from the human pulse. This would be particularly significant for electronic medical devices that require long-lasting operation.

“Our finding opens up a new avenue for practical energy, sensing and therapeutic technologies that are human-body-centric and can be connected to the Internet of Things,” says Jun Chen, assistant professor at UCLA and co-developer of the new device.

UCLA Technology Group, the university’s commercialization office, has filed a patent for the device with the goal of bringing it from the lab to the marketplace.

Source:  IoT World Today

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