Friday, May 18, 2012

Harnessing the power of Viruses?

Just read on Kurzweil's site that scientist from Berkeley Lab have developed a way to generate electric power using harmless viruses.  They have essentially created a generator which uses these viruses to convert mechanical energy into electricity.

You can see a demonstration in the video below where a researcher taps a  virus coated electrode which powers a small liquid-crystal display.  Go to 0:47 to see it in action.

With this technology, coupled with the ever improving ability to capture and store electricity, I envision us all one day wearing virus embedded shoes which will be used to power our iPhones,  Google Glasses etc.

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