Nano-fiber textile harvests energy from movement

“US researchers have created a nano-fiber textile that harvests energy from movement…Using the same mechanical principle as a self-winding watch, but on scale measured in billionths of a meter, tiny nano-generators can scavenge “wasted” energy from sound waves, vibrations, or even the human heart beat…The fibers could also be woven into curtains, tents or other structures to capture energy from wind motion, sound vibrations or other mechanical energy.”

While I think it’s a mistake to believe that technology will solve all our problems, it never ceases to amaze me how many of our problems appear to have unprecedented solutions.

With the miniaturization of solar cells and mechanical forms of power generation I’m wondering how long it will be before just about everything we own generates electricity.