Intel (INTC), the world's largest microprocessor maker, has announced it is researching technology to harvest free energy from the environment, which could lead to devices such as mobile phones having the capability to run for indefinite periods without recharging.
Intel is working on tiny sensors that can capture energy from sources such as body heat and sunlight. This type of energy could possibly be used to run cell phones and other personal electronic devices.
Intel's chief technology officer, Justin Rattner had this to say, "Wouldn't it be nice if, in fact, you were able to go almost indefinitely without charging the battery, if you were able to scavenge enough free energy from the environment?"
"It wouldn't have any batteries, you wouldn't have to come out and service them, and you don't have to run any power. They are completely self-contained, and most importantly, self-powered as a result of scavenging energy from the environment," Rattner said.
"I never have to ... come along with some sort of external fixture and have to recharge this. These become ... install-and-forget systems, because they can scavenge energy from the environment and power themselves up," Rattner said.
Wow, can you imagine if every major company took this type of initiative? I think they are really setting a great example to the rest of their industry.
To learn more about Intel's upcoming programs you can check them out here: