Researchers create 'micro-windmills' that could one day power our smartphones

By Shawn Knight
Jan 13, 2014
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  1. Bigger is usually seen as better in terms of generating power but that’s not always the case. Researcher J.C. Chiao and his team at the University of Texas Arlington have developed micro-windmills that could one day power your smartphone.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,910   +534

    Well I must admit that I am impressed, but with solar getting cheaper and better this can only be seen as a good replacement at night or in places where sunlight is not present (indoors maybe)
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    C'mon man this is ridiculous. Higher density batteries is the answer but heaven knows when we'll be seeing them.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,752   +1,107

  5. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 251   +73

    Wait. Here it comes. Apple is readying a patent for this...
    wastedkill likes this.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,155   +1,431

    Mr Garrison wants to know if they make one as a butt-hole insert, with an optional whistle to signal the incoming charges...
  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    Micro windmills for micro cities you heard it folks its the makers of simcity you got it its Apple they have created a new real life game all made with micro stuff.
  8. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Wouldn't it make more sense to create a little farm that could be plugged into the charge port on your phone for when you need to charge it rather than have tiny little obtrusive things protruding from the phone at all times?

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