Test & Measurement
Wearable Liquid Metal Device Converts Mechanical Energy into Electrical
A Purdue University team created a wearable technology that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. The "liquid-metal-inclusion-based triboelectric nanogenerator" is called LMI-TENG for short. The LMI-TENG can harvest and sense biomechanical signals from the body and use those to help power and direct devices. The LMI-TENG consists of a layer of liquid metal embedded in functional silicone, between two Ecoflex layers. The Purdue technology could have applications for many self-powered innovations for emerging tech like wearable sensors, human-machine interfaces, robotics, and the Internet of Things.