In The Internet of Things, it is tells of a world in which anything can be interconnected with the rest. This gigantic network that will bring Internet to every corner of our world need energy to operate, and a group of researchers asserts that energy will provide it with our own movement.
In a practical example, all packets of a post office will transmit its position, origin and destination to monitor the shipment more efficiently. And to be fed a study shows that the movement not only of people but also of doors or drawers creates an energy that could be used to feed the Internet of things.
Maria Gorlatova and a team of researchers at Columbia University in New York have measured the energy generated by the inertia in the activity of 40 people in periods that came nine days. They placed energy collecting devices to assess how much energy could generate the movement of these people and some items that also move often, such as doors, surprisingly pencils or drawers.
Among the facts findings highlighted that the periodic motion is rich in energy generation: writing with a pen generates a remarkable electrical power (10 to 15 microwatts). It also demonstrated that humans being are passive most of the time with 95% of the energy that produce the movement generated in less than 7% of the course of a day.
Devices such as manufactured by Fitbit and other daily activity monitoring solutions may be perfect candidates to collect energy through precisely of this activity. Meanwhile, Gorlatova and his team work on designing algorithms to manage that energy harvesting and subsequent storage and use.