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Video Friday: Charge Your Cellphone With 72 Hamsters In Jackets

By Evan Ackerman

This little hamster is wearing a special jacket with a nanogenerator in it that harvests the biomechanical energy that the hamster creates as it moves. Each generator module can produce up to 70 milliwatts, and researchers are hoping to make them smaller to power nanoscale devices, as well as to integrate them into clothing to allow you to recharge stuff just by walking around. Too bad that sounds like soooo much more work than plugging things into the wall and then lying on the couch and watching them charge that way… But I guess I could just outfit my pet rats with biogenerator jackets of their own and replace their drinking water with Jolt.

[ Technology Review ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]