Powering wearable electronics from walking

Press Release / February 10, 2016

Harvesting kinetic energy from human motion and converting it into usable electrical energy has become in recent years an attractive approach to powering wireless portable devices. Scientists at the Fraunhofer IPMS have developed a new energy harvesting device based on emergent electroactive polymers, which is small enough to be embedded in the sole of a shoe and can be used to power such devices. At the Embedded World show from February 23 to 25, 2016 experts from the Fraunhofer IPMS will present the technology for the first time.