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Piezoelectric concept backpack

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University, Arizona State University and NanoSonic Inc. are working on harvesting the ambient energy of walking and carrying a backpack with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a nylon-like material with piezoelectric properties. This would be great for multi-day hiking, since you wouldn’t have carry heavy batteries to keep your GPS or cellphone juiced! – [via] Link.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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