A team of South Korean researchers have developed a piezoelectricity-based technology for charging a tablet as the user presses its touchscreen. The tablet, dubbed as Ecopad, truly justifies its name. The device well portrays a great vision of green computing. Thanks to the piezoelectric film embedded below the tablet’s touchscreen, the device will harvest power from the pressure an user deploys on the touchscreen.
It has grabbed a special judges’ award at the Fujitsu Design Award 2011 competition. The competition was based on the title “A Life with Future Computing.” Among 3,000 ground-breaking designs from across the world, judges of the competition appreciated the Ecopad, which was designed by three tech geeks namely, Yonggu Do, Jun-se Kim and Eun-ha Seo.
An user may press his/her tablet’s touchscreen more than 10,000 times a day. That means an enormous amount of power can be produced. Under the new technology, on each pressing, the piezoelectric film can reap a bit of power, which can be saved in the device’s battery. The power later runs the device. It's a fantastic technology Ecopad presented at the Fujitsu Design Award 2011 competition.
The Ecopad tablet, needless to say, gets rid of the conventional AC adaptor. The nano piezoelectricity film integrated with the touchscreen is enough to produce the required power for the device. The technology will help users enjoy freedom from charging the battery once it is run out. You can produce power on your own as you use the device.
Designers of this eco-friendly technology were awarded with €1,000 (approx $1416) at Fujitsu Design Award 2011, which witnessed several other incredible eco-friendly technology designs.