Paper Generators: Harvesting Energy from Touching, Rubbing and Sliding

Disney can make mundane magical, whether it’s transforming a pumpkin into a carriage or a few sheets of paper into a generator.

The team from Disney Research constructed a simple mechanism that harvested electrical energy from a user’s interactions with paper-like materials. The energy harvesters are flexible, light, and inexpensive, and they utilize a user’s gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing and sliding to generate energy. The harvested energy is then used to actuate LEDs, e-paper displays and other devices to create interactive applications for books and other printed media.

To see it with your own two eyes, check out the video…

For more infos on how to build your own visit the Disney Research website.