Google’s Chromebooks may boast amazing battery lives, but this is the dream: a laptop that’ll never die. How? Because it’s powered by your typing.
And it could be closer than you think. Australian researchers have found a way to harness the energy of your typing to power your PC's battery.
It’s called piezoelectricity, and is similar to cigarette lighters that create a spark by striking a piezoelectric crystal.
Here’s how it’d work: a much thinner layer of piezoelectric material would have to be developed using nanotechnology, so it could be spread over the keys. It’s the result of a study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Other possible uses could include in running shoes, charging mobile phone batteries, or converting blood pressure into a power source for pacemakers.
Another benefit to powering laptops through typing: you could see which of your colleagues isn’t doing any work, as their computer would die.