Thermoelectric Generator on Glass Fabric for Wearable Gadgets

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by

Thermoelectric Generator on Glass Fabric for Wearable Gadgets

Wearable devices have been hailed as the next generation of mobile gadgets. But, for electronics to be worn, they must be light, flexible, and equipped with a power source. Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are now developing a glass fabric-based thermoelectric (TE) generator that is extremely light and flexible and produces electricity from the heat of the human body. When using KAIST’s TE generator (with a size of 10 cm x 10 cm) for a wearable wristband device, it will generate around 40 mW electric power based on the temperature difference of 31 °F between human skin and the surrounding air.

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