This technology was developed by being captivated with movie technology that showed robots perform self-repair through a liquid formula, according to a report published on March 12, 2019.
The novel wearable technology was developed by a professor from Purdue University. This development will pave way for advancements in self-powering devices such as consumer electronics and defense innovations.
A liquid-metal-inclusion based triboelectric nanogenerator called LMI-TENG was developed by the research team. Triboelectric energy harvesting transducers are devices that help in conserving mechanical energy and turning it into power. According to IDTechEx, these devices are expected to be a US$ 480 million market by 2028.
LMI-TENG is capable of harvesting and sensing the biomechanical signals from the body. This can be further used to help power and direct technological devices. A layer of liquid metal embedded functional silicone sandwiched between two Ecoflex layers is present in the LMI-TENG.
Wenzhuo Wu, the Ravi and Eleanor Talwar Rising Star Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering said, “Our technology will enable wearable electronics to take otherwise wasted energy and transform it into energy that can power and control electronic devices and tools used in military defense and consumer applications. Our technology allows the synergistic engineering of TENG components at the material, structural and output levels.”
Researchers said that this new technology will find applications in many self-powered innovations for emerging technologies, such as wearable sensors, pervasive computing, advanced health care, human-machine interfaces, robotics, user interfaces, augmented reality, virtual reality, teleoperation, and the Internet of Things.