Re: Cyborgia

Date: Mon Jan 22 2001 - 14:37:56 MST

Samantha Atkins wrote:

> It's a very interesting way to power wearable and/or embedded small
> devices though. The bane (well one bane) of the wearable world is
> continuous power. Batteries are not that effective for always on
> wearable gear.

There is no reason why wearables should be power vampires. They're that
largely because limitations of the art. Current systems are designed for
desktop and laptop uses, have to have a lot of crunch since mostly
running bloatware.

A properly redesigned wearable could be powered with piezoelectric
shoe soles (you can get 10-20 W when you're walking). Then there's
photovoltaics, and fuel cells. The latter could easily power a
high-performance laptop for 24 h with a reasonably dimensioned
fuel cartrige.

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