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Paper "Slinky" Could Power Internet of Things

Paper "Slinky" Could Power Internet of Things

Origami that harvests energy from the same effect behind most static electricity could eventually be used to power electronics in a cheap, lightweight, environmentally friendly way. Static electricity usually results from a phenomenon called triboelectricity . When two different materials repeatedly come into contact and then separate, the surface of one material can steal electrons from the surface of the other. This is why rubbing your feet on a carpet or a running comb through your hair can build up static electricity. Scientists have now developed origami that could take advantage of triboelectricity to power devices. The fact that paper "is probably the most popular and cheap material available" could make triboelectric generators cheap, recyclable, and widely used, said researcher Zhong Lin Wang, a nanotechnologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. T...

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