Electricity Generated From A Sheet Of Paper

This time, Disney amazes us in a strikingly different way with its research team by generating electricity from a sheet of paper. All you have to do is just tap and rub.

The technique behind this simple yet effective concept is that paper can produce electricity and the generator can make pieces of paper capable of producing enough power to light up dozens of LEDs and devices that use e-paper displays like Kindles.

Paper Generator

The flexible power generator are incorporated into sheets of paper, some materials that have a semi-permanent electrical property and Teflon, a charge holding electret, is aligned between them. Teflon which is against an ordinary sheet of paper is what created opposite charge which when rubbed generates an electric current.

“This simplicity leads to countless applications enabling interactivity everywhere and anytime. My overall goal is to make the whole world interactive, and creating ubiquitous power supplies is a key step in that direction”- said researcher, Ivan Poupyrev. “We can imagine any number of ways to use this to add sights, sounds and other interactivity to books and other printed materials inexpensively and without having to worry about power sources.”

The generators are extremely cheap and if you have to assemble it by yourself, then the whole process can be done in less than five minutes. Just fill your regular ink cartridge with a conductive ink, then you can print out the sheets of conductive material. However, the power generated through the paper generator is not enough to run computer.

Book lovers and children can be the initial beneficiaries of this piece of invention.

Poupyrev wrote that it is amazing that digital interactivity can be added to objects on truly massive scales, millions of units of packaging, posters, books, magazines, game boards, toys, tickets, maps, anything basically for free.

Research story can be found at Disney Research
[Image & Video Source: Disney Research]


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