Flexible, organic, thin – properties that aren’t usually associated with power plants or sensors. But a new material developed by EMPA*researchers is exactly that: a thin, organic, flexible film that generates electricity if stretched and compressed. This rubber film could be incorporated into control buttons, clothing, robots or even people, and monitor activities, record touches or generate electricity when stressed to power implanted devices such as pacemakers, for example.
“This material could probably even be used to obtain energy from the human body,” said Empa researcher Dorina Opris. “You could implant it near the heart to generate electricity from the heartbeat, for instance.” This could power pacemakers or other implanted devices, eliminating the need for invasive operations to change the battery.
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Image: EMPA – A sample of piezoelectric rubber
*Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. EMPA, is the German acronym for Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt)