via Northwestern University
Button pressing and solar energy power the retro gaming device
- Researchers develop first-ever battery-free, energy-harvesting, interactive device
- Looking and feeling like an 8-bit Nintendo Game Boy, the device can play games straight from their original cartridges
- Ultimate goal of battery-free computing is to reduce society’s reliance on batteries, which are costly, environmentally hazardous and end up in landfills
A hand-held video game console allowing indefinite gameplay might be a parent’s worst nightmare.
But this Game Boy is not just a toy. It’s a powerful proof-of-concept, developed by researchers at Northwestern University and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, that pushes the boundaries of battery-free intermittent computing into the realm of fun and interaction.
Instead of batteries, which are costly, environmentally hazardous and ultimately end up in landfills, this device harvests energy from the sun — and the user. These advances enable gaming to last forever without having to stop and recharge the battery.
“It’s the first battery-free interactive device that harvests energy from user actions,” said Northwestern’s Josiah Hester, who co-led the research. “When you press a button, the device converts that energy into something that powers your gaming.”
The Latest Updates from Bing News & Google News
Go deeper with Bing News on:
- Logitech's long-lasting, game-ready G305 wireless mouse drops to $40on October 6, 2020 at 7:37 am
Best Buy is selling the Logitech G305 Lightspeed wireless mouse for $40. That's $10 off the usual Best Buy price, and $5 off Amazon's price, though Amazon doesn't have this particular mouse in stock.
- Apple's smart rings could recharge in an AirPods-style caseon October 6, 2020 at 5:23 am
A future control system for Apple devices like Apple Glass could consist of finger-mounted "smart rings" with research suggesting that charging the peripherals could be accomplished with an enclosure ...
- Does Tesla’s Lithium Announcement Mean All Battery Makers Are Set To Become Miners?on October 4, 2020 at 4:43 am
Tesla’s recent ‘Battery Day’ announcements only highlight the incredible challenges facing the electricity storage market, and raise significant questions about how the market will evolve.
- Tales From The Eastern Front: A Luftwaffe Soldier Remembers War, Desertion, And Freedomon October 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm
During World War II, Joachim Benz served on the Eastern Front in a Luftwaffe ground unit known as a field division.
- Battery-Free, Energy-Harvesting Perpetual Machines: The Weird Future of Computingon October 3, 2020 at 2:00 am
A new breed of computers could run forever—or at least until long after we’re gone.
Go deeper with Google Headlines on:
Go deeper with Bing News on:
Battery-free interactive device
- A battery-free gaming device for indefinite gameplayon September 10, 2020 at 7:30 am
Researchers have developed a battery-free, hand-held video game console ... When a user presses a button, the device converts that energy into something that powers gaming, said Josiah Hester ...
- Engage: Battery-free gaming device that can run indefinitely from button presses, solar poweron September 9, 2020 at 8:30 am
"It's the first battery-free interactive device that harvests energy from user actions," explains Northwestern University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Josiah Hester.
- Researchers: Sustainable gaming possible with battery-free ‘Game Boy’on September 7, 2020 at 3:21 am
Josiah Hester, the co-lead the research, claimed it’s the first battery-free interactive device that harvests energy from users’ actions. “When you press a button, the button converts that ...
- This battery-free hand-held video gaming device can run forever: Know detailson September 7, 2020 at 1:00 am
Scientists have developed a battery-free hand-held video game console or 'Game Boy' that harvests energy from the user to allow infinite gameplay. "But this Game Boy is not just a toy. It's a ...
- Researchers develop battery-free 'Game Boy' that runs foreveron September 6, 2020 at 2:15 pm
"It's the first battery-free interactive device that harvests energy from user actions. When you press a button, the device converts that energy into something that powers your gaming," said study ...