With people becoming more conscious about adopting eco-friendly practices, the number of researches being carried on sustainable ways to channel energy sources has escalated recently.
Researchers in the CUHK (Chinese University of Hong Kong) recently announced that they are studying a new method to harvest energy from human movements. The results from this particular study could be groundbreaking and could bring a shift in the technology used to power wearables.
According to a recent report, the study is being carried out using a swinging metal pole designed to mimic the human arms movements. The device that harnesses the energy utilizes a highly compact generator made using less than ten components, including a motion capture unit and a power generation unit. The main aim of the study is to use human body movements to power smartwatches and wristbands.
The researchers said that this study was inspired by a boom in wearable devices across the globe and the fact that the industry is expected to rise even further. Last year, the wearable industry had become a $20.65 billion market, which is projected to reach $96.31 billion by 2027. Moreover, over the years, the wearable category has become increasingly health-centric, with OEMs offering features that help users map their blood oxygen levels, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more.
As far as the research is concerned, it has not reached its breakthrough moment, but the researchers are optimistic that the time is not very far.