- New device - called a thermoelectric converter - has been created by Fujifilm
- A light-weight film sticks to the skin and converts bodyheat to electricity
- Invention means we may be able to charge phones using our own energy
|Demonstration: Fujifilm has created a high-efficiency Thermoelectric Converter with organic material which can convert heat off the human body in to electricity|
And with the aid of solar panels to make the conversion more effective, the generator may also be able to charge larger electrical items such as laptops and eReaders.
As well as powering our ever-increasingly high-tech lives, the inventors also hope the device can be worn on the skin by patients to charge their medical devices.
The organic polymer material was created by Fujifilms jointly with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).
It can detect a temperature change from the surrounding environment of just one degree celsius meaning it starts producing electricity the moment it touches the skin.
Similar organic products have been created in the past but the new material is far more efficient than any other converter seen before.
It can also be made in a printing press meaning it can be made to almost virtually any size needed. The material is also flexible so can be wrapped around different body parts.
The Fujifilm device was unveiled at the Nanotech 2013 conference in Tokyo where the latest inventions and gadgets are revealed to the world.
A live demonstration was given at the show where a person pressed their hand against the material and a toy car began moving around a track.
The new conversion material was not the only product the company unveiled - they also showed off new speakers that can be rolled up.
Fujifilm will release futher details of the device at the 60th JSAP Spring Meeting 2013, taking place between March 27 to 30,in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.